It’s another step for Palestinian women who have been claiming more positions of influence in a still very much male-dominated society. This year, the first female Palestinian governor was appointed to oversee the West Bank district of Ramallah. The mayor of the district’s main city is a woman, as are four ministers in the Palestinian Cabinet.
Speed Test began in the West Bank in 2005, as violence between Israel and the Palestinians began petering out. Races take place throughout the territory that is ruled by Israel, with Palestinians administering parts of it. Palestinians want the land — about the size of Connecticut — as part of a future state.
In 2005, only one woman participated — the Speed Sisters’ coach, 39-year-old Suna Awedia.
The British-backed team is made of up of women from 18 to 39 years-old. British consulate spokesperson Karen McLuskie says, “They are inspiring in a conflict zone where fun is low on the priority list.”
Team captain Suna Aweidah says, “When I’m racing, I feel freedom. I love speed. When I’m on the track I can break the rules.” Nice.
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