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DAMASCUS, Syria (Sep 15) – A group of more than 300 women from 34 countries are due to ride on bicycles into the Syrian capital, Damascus on 18 September as part of a regional tour to promote peace and change the stereotypes about Arab women in the Middle East. The Middle East Women’s Bicycle Ride […]

DAMASCUS, Syria (Sep 15) – A group of more than 300 women from 34 countries are due to ride on bicycles into the Syrian capital, Damascus on 18 September as part of a regional tour to promote peace and change the stereotypes about Arab women in the Middle East.

The Middle East Women’s Bicycle Ride will begin in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on 16 September. From Damascus it will stop in Jordan before continuing to the Palestinian territories.

Almost all the countries the women will pass through are conservative societies where seeing a woman on a bicycle is not common.

The women, who will be riding for about 50 km a day, belong to an international group called “Follow the Women”, which aims to help end violence in the Middle East.

They include professional women, nurses, doctors, policewomen and mothers who say they have decided to take a break “for a good cause”. They have also sent messages to US President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair to act and bring peace to the Middle East.

The final destination will be the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the West Bank.

In the course of their trip, they will meet with a number of political leaders in these countries.

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