art of resistance, Iran, travel

Iran’s parkour women.

Parkour has gained a foothold in Iran — and not only among the usual young male aficionado. There are a lot of girls practicing it, and AFP recently run a little story about it.

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The experience of parkour, in their words, is:

“I am really stressed out because of my studies but parkour helps me a lot to deal with the stress. I feel happy.”

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“There was a jump I couldn’t do at first … learning it made me realise I am capable of doing anything and defeating any obstacle. I feel free.”

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“Practising parkour shows that even if you are a woman, you are not bound to stay at home.” 

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“Sometimes people criticise us saying this isn’t a sport for girls. They say we’re supposed to knit … They can’t imagine a girl exercising like a boy.”

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We encounter problems but we try our best to cope with them because we love doing parkour.”

Photos © AFP

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