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Get Used To It: Women skateboarding in South Africa

Gender inequality and empowerment through skateboarding

‘Get Used To It’ is a documentary about women’s skateboarding in South Africa and how the Skateistan project in Johannesburg has helped to forward that. You can watch a trailer for the documentary below, while the whole thing can be found via the oolipo phone app.

Travel with us to the opening of a “Skate School” in Johannesburg. Run by Skateistan, an NGO that empowers children through education and skateboarding, the site provides a safe space to learn, grow and land tricks.

Gender inequality is a huge problem in South Africa. The streets of Jo’burg are dangerous, particularly for girls. They face discrimination and the threat of violence on a daily basis. Through skateboarding, Skateistan offers a route to independence, self-discovery and education for all.

Skateistan is supported by superstars of the art and skateboarding worlds, such as Paul McCarthy and Tony Hawk, who flew over especially for the opening. That day, the kids felt their full potential and they are reminded of it every time they come to school.

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