This Nonprofit Teaches Afghan Girls How To Skate — And Changes Their Lives In The Process

“... Where there is a wish, there is a way.”

One program based in Afghanistan — as well as in Cambodia and South Africa — is teaching little girls how to skate and, as a result of the hard work they put in, how to be better and stronger people. In a new 60 Second Docs episode, we learn about all the good work Skateistan is doing.


"Afghan culture dictates that women are banned from outdoor activities, working, or sports, which makes life harder for them," a 14-year-old girl, who attends the nonprofit's classes, explains in the video. "But I think where there is a wish, there is a way."

The organization uses skateboarding as a means to teach kids a new sport — but it's the girls-only sessions that probably spark the most change in addressing gender-based inequality. By including girls, the program helps them get active, develop better self-esteem, and make friendships. As 60 Second Docs notes, 40 percent of skateboarders in Afghanistan are female.

"I fell so many times, [but] I got up stronger and tried again. With each fall, I learn a new technique," the young woman, who wants to be a lawyer one day, explains. "Girls have to have equal rights with boys. They should also be able to do sports, which keep everyone healthy. Anything they decide to achieve is reachable with persistence."

Watch the 60 Second Docs episode about Skateistan here:


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