Dressed in black leather, revving up her heavy-duty Harley Davidson, Hind Daou stands out among other women in Casablanca. She feels the eyes that follow her every Sunday when she hits the road for her weekly ride with seven other Harley ladies. But Hind doesn’t mind the looks, the whistles or the taunts. She‘s very much her own woman. In control. Experiencing independence to its fullest.
A new chapter
In many ways, Hind is like the Harley she rides, representing life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Deeds not creeds, self-reliant – Hind has always been like that. Her lust for freedom proved stronger than her marriage. She got divorced while pregnant. Hind found solace in riding her bike, in the camaraderie of the Harley chapter. To guarantee her financial independence, she set up a tourist agency.
“Hind is special,” says RNW producer Raja Felgata. “She’s quite the opposite of the average Moroccan woman. She’s in the vanguard of women’s liberation, a role model which many Moroccan women badly need. Because when it comes to women’s emancipation, the country still has a long way to go.”