As communities begin to reopen and rebuild from the pandemic, women and girls are at risk of being left behind. Existing gender disparities in developing regions have only increased.
WOMEN PUSHED INTO POVERTY IN 2021 1
ADDITIONAL CHILD BRIDES THIS DECADE 2
GIRLS WON’T RETURN TO SCHOOL THIS YEAR 3
The $100 per month Zule Quintero spent commuting to and from her work transporting produce was a price she just couldn't afford - especially when the pandemic made job scarcity worse. When Zule, along with other women at the Food and Agricultural Organization in La Paz, Colombia, received Buffalo Bicycles, she was able to use her savings toward food and school fees instead. "The bicycle has been of great benefit to me," says Zule, who now has the tool she needs to carry her through the pandemic and beyond.
"No other girl in my family has ever gone on in education," says Febby about her motivation to resume school after becoming a young mother. On her Buffalo Bicycle, Febby returned to class, despite the odds, to create a brighter future for herself and her daughter. You can see Febby and her friends in the global premiere of The Comeback Girls at Mountainfilm this spring.
“I am trying to dismiss the myth that only men can fix bicycles,” says Annie Chisale, the first female mechanic in her district. “Being the first woman mechanic,” she says, “the youth in our village look up to me and understand that they can do anything to improve their lives and the community. I am a role model and am proud of that. Women can."
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Women and girls everywhere are powering change in their communities. Meet some of our inspiring friends making an impact with two wheels
Overcoming barriers, inspiring women to help their communities.@nataliafrancov
Modeling body positivity for women on wheels everywhere@Ireshadahoodtherapist
Sharing womens’ cycling stories of joy and adventure.@ladra_di_biciclette
Leading the way with wheels as only a Giant boss can.@livcycling
Expanding access to healthcare in vulnerable communities.@debpdr
Helping women ride their way through mental challenges.@jilly_rides_her_way
59% of agricultural workers say their Buffalo Bicycle is a valuable time and money-saving tool mitigating the impact of COVID-19. After COVID-19 restrictions lift, girls with bicycles are more likely to return to school than girls without bikes.
Join us and help generations of women and girls rebound from this pandemic with two wheels.
1UN Women, 2UNICEF, 3Unesco