Video: The Afghan Skier Challenging Girls to Hit the Slopes

Despite a wealth of snowy mountains, Afghanistan only has 12 female skiers. Fatima Nazari, the country’s best, is trying to change that by challenging girls to take to the slopes.

Written by Hereward Holland Published on Read time Approx. 0 minutes

In the snow-capped mountains of Afghanistan, a revolution in women’s rights is taking place – one piste at a time. More women are defying gender stereotypes and deeply held conservative attitudes by strapping on skis and hurtling down the mountains.

The best of them is Fatima Nazari. Born as a refugee in Iran, her family returned to Afghanistan nine years ago, but in the aftermath of Taliban rule, her homeland still has strict, traditional views on the role of women. Encouraged by her liberal-minded mother, Fatima is now Afghanistan’s best female skier, and she sees herself as a pioneer for women’s rights.

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