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Behnaz Shafiei, Iran's path-breaking female motorbike champion, lands a spectacular 15-meter jump on a track near Tehran – all the more astonishing given that this would have been illegal a year ago. At 27, Shafiei has become a symbol of the shifting social norms for women in Iran, realizing her dream of becoming a professional biker despite living in a country where she is not allowed to ride on public roads.Shafiei was 15 when she first saw a woman riding a motorbike in a small village near Zanjan in northern Iran.Women in Iran still have a lower status than men in some respects – particularly in legal disputes over things like inheritance and divorce.Shafiei hopes the next step will be allowing women to ride motorbikes in town.
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