Skateistan, an innovative NGO in Kabul founded to empower Afghan children (and especially young girls), teaches children to skateboard as a gateway to get them more involved in education. In many Afghan communities, it is customary to forbid women from riding bicycles. Skateboarding, then, becomes an empowering activity that gives these girls a source of physical exercise, empowerment, and some plain and simple fun.
Skateboarding gives them a fun activity that empowers them and serves as a gateway to other engagements, like education
On September 8th, 2012, 4 members of Skateistan were killed in a suicide bombing at a NATO facility in Kabul