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An expatriate woman is setting off on a nine-month cycling trip across China to raise awareness of the importance of female equality in the country.
Xinhua Net reports that Eleanor Moseman, who originally hails from Ohio in the US, is kick-starting her tour of the country this Saturday (May 1st) in order to raise nearly £10,000 for women’s education. She has invited any women who want to join her to do so on the 20,000km trek.
Armed with just a backpack and a tent, Ms Moseman intends to finish the journey in nine months, starting off from Shanghai as the World Expo 2010 begins and cycling to the Inner Mongolia autonomous region before heading back.
The expatriate told the website: "I’ve always been a girl to defy gender boundaries and roles. But in China, so many [Chinese] female friends have told me that their parents discourage them from pursuing PhDs or masters’ degrees because they think getting married is more important.
"While being a mother and wife is valuable, I think pursuing your dreams is also important – personally it makes me feel complete, and feel like I have just as much to bring to the table as men," she explained.
Her journey takes place around the same time as the Women for Women Cycle China event, which aims to raise money for female healthcare.
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