Dutch women cycle in Southeast Asia for women’s rights

Four Dutch women recently arrived in HCMC after cycling from Indonesia through Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia to promote their foundation, Ride for Women’s Rights (R4WR), reports Thanh Nien.

Recent grads, the R4WR girls – Carlijn Bettink, Lidewij Ponjee, Sophie van Hoof and Monique van der Veeken – have been riding since September. They plan to ride 14,000 kilometres through 22 countries across Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Western Asia, Eastern Europe and Western Europe in 400 days.

In addition to exploring each country, they will contribute to organisations dedicated to women’s rights, such as Plan International in Vietnam, which advocates rights for education, gender equality and family planning. “We hope to explore the meaning of women’s rights in different contexts by talking to both women and men in the countries we visit and by visiting local women’s projects to give a voice to stories which we think are of value,” Bettink told Thanh Nien.

Keep updated on their adventures by visiting the foundation’s website at R4wr.org or following the four women at Facebook.com/R4WR.org.