BEING female in East Fremantle is worlds away from the hardships of being a woman in many developing countries around the world.
For local Wendy Wisniewski, life’s lottery has meant she hasn’t had to worry about basic human rights like where she’d get clean water or whether she’d be able to finish school.
But the chance to help those who are constantly faced with these worries was too much to pass up.
Ms Wisniewski and her friends Jessica Stokes and Linh Nguyen have joined a 20 person Australian team preparing to cycle from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Siem Reap Cambodia to raise money for UN Women programs.
Ms Wisniewski said they felt it was important to be able to support the organisation to empower women all over the world.
“Along the way we will visit two of the UN Women projects to see first hand how the funds raised is making a difference to the lives of women,” she said.
“I believe it will be a humbling experience to meet women who have far less than me materially, and yet have fortitude and resilience as they face life’s challenges.
“I hope young women will become involved in UN Women’s work, and never take for granted the opportunities and choices they have here in WA, thanks to the work of women who have gone before us striving for gender equality.”
The UN Women Ride for Rights is on from March 12 to 23.
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