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This year, we have two projects in focus. The first is addressing the suppression of womxn in Iran and Afghanistan, in partnership with the dedicated human rights organization hawar.help. Together, we are working towards creating a peaceful world where everyone can flourish, regardless of their ethnicity, faith, gender, or lifestyle.
Our second project involves providing health coverage for womxn in Gambia, utilizing motorcycles to reach remote areas. Through this initiative, we hope to make a positive impact on the lives of womxn in need, and to create a more equitable world for all.
For many of us, it’s impossible to imagine being sick and not being able to access healthcare simply because of a lack of transport.
Two Wheels for Life uses motorcycles as a means of transportation to bring healthcare to remote areas where other forms of transportation are unavailable.
“Bikes that are maintained, fuelled and well serviced by us – this is the magic that saves lives in Gambia.”
Che Jallow, Programme Director, The Gambia
HÁWAR.help has accompanied and supported the feminist revolution in Iran from the beginning and sees itself as an ally and an advocate for the freedom movement and for human and women’s rights in Iran. We stand up for these very rights internationally and condemn the horrible practices of the Iranian regime, which violates and disregards these rights every day. Our work in support of the people of Iran has three main focus points:
Former motorcycle racer, Andrea Coleman has dedicated her life to using motorcycles for humanitarian causes.
Everything started when, back at 19, she went on a trip to Mexico and saw people living in extreme poverty: that sparked a desire in her to help others.
Later on and back home, she married Tom Herron, a professional motorcycle racer, who unfortunately lost his life in a fatal accident on a race track. Following his death and with two year-old twin girls to raise, Andrea moved away from the world of racing.
That until one day Randy Mamola, former motorcycle racer of the highest calibre who knew Andrea’s story, contacted her: he needed someone to take care of his public relations.
It was working alongside him that Andrea started making competitions a resource for raising funds for non-profit organizations. On their first trip to Africa, they both realized that there was a lack of help focused on transportation.
From that moment on, Riders For Health was founded. Their aim was to find ways of getting healthcare consistently and cost-effectively to remote communities in Africa, making sure nobody died because of lack of transport.
In 2016 Riders transferred to entirely African leadership. The founders remain involved. Andrea is, in fact, the CEO of Two Wheels for Life, partner organisation to Riders established in the same year, to take over the fundraising activities in a smaller, cheaper and more agile team, and to continue to support Riders operations. By splitting of programme management the UK and US based team could dedicate themselves solely to fundraising.
Two Wheels for Life’s aim is to grow a global movement to support transport to save lives in Africa.
In Africa, the finish line is never the same, but at every pit stop these riders-operators bring hope, along with their care.
Film: Riders for Health The Gambia
Together with her sister, the former professional soccer player Tuğba Tekkal, founded the non-profit association for humanitarian aid Háwar.help and is its chairwoman.
The association runs several projects. These include the women’s empowerment center Back to Life, psychosocial support, literacy and handicraft courses, and educational workshops on topics such as women’s rights and entrepreneurship for women and children from IS prisoners of war in Iraq and Germany. Scoring Girls is an integrative project of the association, which was initiated by Düzen’s sister Tuğba.
The aim is to promote values such as team spirit, empathy, a sense of responsibility and leadership among girls and young women by means of team sports (soccer), help with schoolwork and homework, and career guidance. The project’s patron is the journalist and TV presenter Anne Will.
Other projects include School Talks, dialogs at German schools about human rights, marginalization and development policy contexts, as well as awareness-raising & political engagement. In 2021, Annalena Baerbock took over the patronage of the Back to Life project.
Film: Düzen Tekkal and her work