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skateistan — a non profit organization that works with the support of local afghan communities — is using skateboarding as a tool of empowerment for more than four hundred afghan kids, many of whom live on the streets. more than 40 percent of skateistan’s students are female. though girls are banned from riding bikes in afghanistan, skateboarding is novel and remains permissible, and has now become the most popular sport for females in the country.
Meet the Skater Girls of Afghanistan - Skateistan's founder and executive director Oliver Percovich with possibly the youngest girl skateboarder in Afghanistan. Photo courtesy of Skateistan, via PBS Newshour.