The gym will allow up to 30 women at a time to work out in a safe and secure environment, local officials from the Faryab sports department said.
Faryab Ladies Get Their First Ever Gym
Faryab ladies this week welcomed the opening of their first ever fitness center in the provincial capital, Maimana.
The gym is a privately-owned business and has the capacity to allow 30 women to exercise at any given time.
Faryab officials also welcomed the move and said the new gym was in favor of encouraging and developing fitness and sport among girls and women in the province.
Until now, women have not had access to any formal sporting facility in the province.
According to Shah Wali Parsa, the head of the Faryab sports department: “It is place of joy and pride that today our women can exercise at such a fitness center.”
“Every human - men and women - need exercise and women need it more. Before there was no place for women to exercise and we are happy with the opening of this fitness center and I hope that all families let their daughters and wives exercise here,” said one female gym member.
Faryab officials said the gym now enables local women to exercise in a safe and secure environment.
The officials called on government and the private sector to open more gyms around the country for women.