“In Bogotá, girls matter” Cycling for them this Sunday!

In order to reflect the situations of discrimination experienced by girls, respect their rights and prevent violence, the Secretariat for Women of Bogotá invites girls and their families to participate in the cycling “In Bogotá, girls count”, which will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2022.

From 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. this day will be held in the Gabriel García Márquez Library Square in El Tunal Park, located at Calle 48B Sur, Oriental #21-13 – medialuna, a meeting place where there will also be entertainment activities, storytelling, batukada, bicycle decoration and more.

In addition, girls from the cities of Tunjuelito, Ciudad Bolívar and Rafael Uribe Uribe, who are part of the “To School by Bike” program of the Secretariats of Mobility and Education of Bogota and the Public Organization “Bike curves”.

In this tweet more details of the day this Sunday:

This event has the support of the Regional Secretariats for Women, Mobility and Education; Regional Art Institutes – IDARTES, IDRD and IDPAC; Biblionet; The local mayors of Tunjuelito and Ciudad Bolívar and the Ciudad Tunal shopping center.

Cultural and social transformation of girls and boys

The District Women’s Secretariat is implementing the strategy “Weaving worlds of equality with girls and boys”, through which action is taken to prevent violence against girls and boys, seeking to transform beliefs, perceptions, thoughts, prejudices and practices that sustain discrimination, exclusion and violence against women.

Through oral storytelling exercises, writing, videos, reading stories with a gender focus, artistic work such as weaving, painting, drawing, games and crafts, among others, girls and boys reflect and talk about valuing and respecting differences, roles and gender stereotypes, alternative masculinity and different sexual orientation, women’s rights.

In 2022, 5,592 girls and boys participated in the pedagogical meetings held in the cities of Bogotá and 50 public schools, kindergartens, public kitchens, among other institutions, received workshops with a gender equality approach.

The right of girls in the city

To continue to advance in the task of working to transform the situations that affect the rights of girls in the city, the Regional Secretariat for Women highlights October 11 as an emblematic date to make visible the problems and violence faced by girls and adolescents of Bogotá , as well as to strengthen their struggles and resistance.

For this reason, with the activities planned to mark this day, the aim is to draw attention to the right to the city, which according to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda [parágrafo 11]- increases “…equity in the use and enjoyment of cities and towns and seeking to promote inclusion and ensure that residents, both present and future generations, without any discrimination, can create just cities and towns, safe, healthy, accessible, affordable, durable and sustainable and inhabit them to promote prosperity and quality of life for all”.

Based on this, a cycling tour with the girls was chosen, as it has historically been a tool of social transformation and emancipation for women of all ages, allowing them to occupy public space, move autonomously and feel free.

Mobility has a specific impact on each gender, influencing the way men and women move around the city and also how public space is occupied, highlighting the social construction of the body, which becomes a dimension of mobility.

Gender influences mobility, mobility patterns differ by gender, therefore active mobility contributes to the achievement of equity and social inclusion goals and contributes to women’s empowerment, and especially girls.

The bicycle is saved as an important element for this celebration, because for girls it is a basic transport that is within their reach, reduces traffic, energy consumption, which leaves a positive effect on the environment and is also a means of recreation, pleasure and one of the most practical and economical ways to improve fitness and health.

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