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Sky Brown Saddened By Challenges Imposed on Afghan Women

Being Great Britain’s youngest Olympic medalist ever is not enough for Sky Brown.

The 13-year-old skateboarder told a CNN reporter that she feels saddened by the challenges Afghan women are facing to participate in sports since the Taliban took over. 

“I can’t imagine why can’t girls have fun too,” Brown said in a video posted on Saturday. “We can do anything that boys can do but why can’t we have fun? That’s just really sad for me and I really want to help them.”

Brown and the nonprofit organization, Skateistan, joined forces in 2017 to help out areas where kids have limited access to sports and education. Her board sponsor, Almost Skateboards, is designing a line of unique boards inspired by the British teen, with the purpose of donating 20% of its sales to Skateistan.

According to Skateistan’s website, they fuse skateboarding with “creative-arts based education” to “give children the opportunity to become leaders for a better world.” The organization’s efforts have mainly been focused in Cambodia, South Africa and Jordan, but has been involved with several projects in Afghanistan and has a skate school in Kabul.

“I hope to do a lot more in Cambodia and Afghanistan, even in England — just everywhere,” Brown said. 

The Taliban announced last month that Afghan women would not be allowed to take part in sports where they would be “exposed.”

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