Bikeathon held in Karachi to raise awareness about women’s harassment

KARACHI: A Bikeathon was held in the port city on Sunday to raise awareness about street harassment faced by women and girls in the country. At least 120 cyclists participated in the event.

Bikeathon, an event in which participants cycle a long distance, was organised by Aahung, a Karachi-based non-governmental organisation working on promoting women’s rights and health.

The picture shows participants of the Bikethon at Metropole in Karachi on January 28, 2024. — Geo.tv staffer
The picture shows participants of the Bikethon at Metropole in Karachi on January 28, 2024. — Geo.tv staffer

Multiple biking groups cycled from Hotel Metropole (Shahra-e-Faisal), following the designated route, to Bagh Ibn-e-Qasim (Seaview) to raise awareness for the prevention of street harassment faced by women and girls.

The event was held with the slogan “Exercising her right to public spaces”. It was participated by people of all ages from 10 to 60. They were happy about their participation in the rally and expressed their desire to play their role in bringing about change in society.

The picture shows participants of the Bikethon at Metropole in Karachi on January 28, 2024. — Geo News reporter
The picture shows participants of the Bikethon at Metropole in Karachi on January 28, 2024. — Geo News reporter

The participants were asked to gather at Metropole at 7:45am and Bikeathon began around 8:30am. The groups then gathered at the endpoint, Bagh Ibn-e-Qasim.

The picture shows participants of the Bikethon at Metropole in Karachi on January 28, 2024. — Geo.tv staffer
The picture shows participants of the Bikethon at Metropole in Karachi on January 28, 2024. — Geo.tv staffer

Bikeathon rally organiser, Aahung Communications Manager Aamna Altaf said the incidents of women’s harassment were multiplying in the country for which suitable action was required. The cycle rally played a key role in drawing attention towards this important issue, she said. 

The picture shows participants of the Bikethon at Metropole in Karachi on January 28, 2024. — Geo.tv staffer
The picture shows participants of the Bikethon at Metropole in Karachi on January 28, 2024. — Geo.tv staffer
The picture shows participants of the Bikethon at Metropole in Karachi on January 28, 2024. — Geo News reporter
The picture shows participants of the Bikethon at Metropole in Karachi on January 28, 2024. — Geo News reporter

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