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Why You Should Know This Female Iranian Motocross Rider

Why You Should Know This Female Iranian Motocross Rider

Motocross rider Behnaz Shafiei is literally jumping hurdles for gender equality in Iran.

The fearless 26 year old is racing her yellow and red bike to break the gender barrier in Iran, where women are banned from riding motorcycles in public.

According to the New York Times, Shafiei is one of six women making cultural and legal strides for female motorcycle racers in Iran. Women can ride on off-road circuits, but are still barred from competing or obtaining licenses. They worked hard to obtain official identifications to race on amateur tracks. 

Women are prohibited access from Iran's only standard motocross track in Tehran, so they ride their bikes around the capital.

Shafiei discovered her passion for motorcycles 11 years ago when she saw a woman running errands on a small motorbike while on vacation with her family, according to The Guardian.

"My goal is to be a pioneer to inspire other women," Shaifiei said in an interview with the Associated Press. "Together, we can convince authorities to recognize women's motorcycle racing."

Follow her on social media for more behind the scenes pictures and footage. 

 

A photo posted by Behnaz shafiei (@behnaz_shafiei) on

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