After four years working in Afghanistan, Mountain2Mountain (www.mountain2mountain.org) will launch it first domestic program, ‘Strength in Numbers’, in the United States in the summer of 2013, targeting young women at-risk, female military veterans, and violence survivors. Utilizing the bike as a vehicle for social justice, beyond traditional bike donations, instead considering mountain biking as a seed for cultural exchange and self-determination abroad and at home.
‘Strength in Numbers’ is an evolution from M2M’s work with women and girls in Afghanistan and founder, Shannon Galpin’s own personal experience as a victim of violence, and her continued push on gender and cultural barriers by becoming the first woman to mountain bike there, a country where women are not allowed to ride bikes.
The strength, confidence, camaraderie, and empowerment developed during the program is only the first step. The ripple effect of the retreats is created as the young women take part in community social action projects after their camp – back in their communities or overseas with Mountain2Mountain projects.
Citizen diplomats creating grassroots change from the ground up, creating an impact of social action way beyond what any one organization like Mountain2Mountain could create.
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