On the occasion of International Women’s Day, an all women car rally was organised by Western India Automobile Association (WIAA) in association with by JK TYRE & Industries Limited and Aamby Valley City. Called the ‘Women’s Rally to the Valley,’ it was Mumbai’s first ever such rally with over 250 cars and 1000 women participants.
On behalf of WIAA, Executive Chairman Nitin Dossa said, “Since WIAA’s prime focus is creating awareness in society about road safety, we have now taken initiative to create awareness about women’s safety on roads, in public transport and in public places. With the growing attacks on women in recent times, it is important to create awareness amongst the citizens of Mumbai to build a protective society for women.”
The rally commenced from Hotel Sahara Star (Domestic Airport) at 8 in the morning and proceeded through the city. The participants then passed through Worli Sea Face, Peddar Road, Chowpatty, Marine Drive, Churchgate and reached Aamby Valley, the hosts for the culmination ceremony.
Present on the occasion Shri Arun K Bajoria, President and Director, JK Tyre & Industries Ltd said, "At JK Tyre, it’s all about making lives safer. We feel that each one of us has a responsibility to make it a society that is based on equality and honour. Wishing all the participants, he added, “Today, on International Women’s Day, we would like to reiterate our commitment to safety for all and recognize the tremendous contribution made by generations of women folk to the society."
The rally was unique in the sense that 77 year old Rajkumari S. Kasliwal was the first driver to be flagged off by FIA President Jean Todt. Several famous personalities from Mumbai who have time and again voiced for the rights of women and equality in the society participated with much enthusiasm. Actress Tanvi Azmi, Neerja Birla, veteran rallyist Renuka Kripalani, Deepa Damodaran and yesteryears rallyists Navaz Bhathena Sandhu along with senior Katy Bhathena graced the occasion.
Source : CarDekho