‘Kung Fu Nuns’ On Bikes Swap Maroon Robes For Lycra Leggings To Promote Gender Equality

To Promote Gender Equality, 'Kung Fu Nuns' On Bikes Swap Maroon Robes For Lycra Leggings

Buddhist nuns set off on a month-long bicycle journey as they’re cheered by fellow nuns.

Kathmandu:  About 200 “Kung fu nuns” kicked off a month-long journey from Nepal via India on Saturday, swapping their flowing maroon robes for lycra leggings to boost consciousness about human trafficking and gender equality.

The Buddhist nuns are educated in martial arts and often organise pilgrimages and biking journeys to advertise gender equality. 

“We’re beginning our fifth cycle yatra (pilgrimage) right this moment and our most important mission is about growing consciousness about feminine empowerment, the setting and human trafficking,” nun Yeshe Lhamo advised AFP.

Annually hundreds of ladies and youngsters throughout South Asia are lured into cities and throughout borders with guarantees of profitable jobs however are as a substitute bought into modern-day slavery.

Nepal has seen an upswing within the variety of circumstances of trafficking since a devastating earthquake in 2015 left hundreds homeless. 

The nation’s human rights fee estimated that there have been about 23,200 circumstances of trafficking or tried trafficking final 12 months.

The nuns stated they got here throughout a number of circumstances of trafficking whereas volunteering in aid efforts for earthquake victims.

“That is how we had this concept of occurring this cycle yatra to all of the distant locations and telling individuals we’re all ladies, ladies are able to doing all the things. They aren’t ineffective, they aren’t issues to promote,” stated 23-year-old nun Jigme Konchok Lhamo. 

The nuns will cowl a three,000-kilometre route from the hills of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, peddling via south India to Delhi after which to Darjeeling. 

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