Egyptian women challenge social norms with Parkour
Mariam Emad from Parkour Egypt "PKE" practices her parkour skills around buildings on the outskirts of Cairo. more
Mohamed Omran, PKE coach, watches his students. Founded in France in the 1980s as the Art du Deplacement and lmore
The women have trained every week for the past six months with the eventual aim of forming the first professiomore
Ten women took part in last Friday's training, which focused on building upper body strength and different metmore
Curious crowds, accustomed to women taking a low profile in Egypt, often congregate to watch the training, sommore
"It is natural that people did not accept it because they were not used to it," said Zayneb Helal, one of the more
It is uncommon for women to play such sports on the streets in Egypt. A 2017 Thomson Reuters Foundation surveymore
Guided by coach Mohamed Omran (pictured), women train hard on climbing obstacles, landing correctly after jumpmore
Parkour is played by men in Egypt but the sport is neglected and has no regulatory body. Parkour Egypt, a groumore
An Egyptian woman from PKE practices. Last year Britain became the first country officially to recognize Parkomore
An Egyptian woman from PKE practices. "It needs more time to evolve and the sport needs to spread more so thatmore
Mariam Emad from PKE practices. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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