Women residents of Delhi-NCR celebrated their Sunday with an exciting All-Women Car Rally. The aim of the rally was to highlight both women empowerment and road safety.
As many as 60 participants, along with their family and friends, participated at the rally. The rally flagged off at Park Plaza and covered a total distance of 33 km.
"We decided to cover the major landmarks and residential areas in the city, so that maximum people could see women at the wheels," said Monte Sachdeva, who worked on finalising the route for the rally. "That was crucial for our cause."
The route passed through most major landmarks in Gurgaon: Golf Course Road, Bristol Hotel, MG Road, Iffco Chowk, Rajiv Chowk, Sohna Road, Nirvana Country, Golf Course extension road, Paras Hospital, Galleria, Hotel Ramada and Park Plaza.
Women from age group between 18 and 82 took part in the event. The different titles up for grabs were Best Decorated Car, Best Couple and Best Mom and Daughter.
Parvesh Chadha (second from left) with husband Colonel (Retd) RC Chadha (red shirt) Photo:Anjoo Dalal
The Best Decorated Car award was bagged by 62-year-old Parvesh Chadha. Parvesh and her husband Colonel (Retd) RC Chadha decorated their car with various messages such as save girl child, protect the environment and save trees. They also had a poster with traffic rules on it.
The two most striking features at the rally were the presence of male pillion riders and senior women citizens participating and boosting the energy level of the youngsters.
“Today, women are more intelligent, financially independent, and powerful than ever before,” said Parvesh Chadha. “Women can achieve anything that men can. They are present in all walks of life these days. It is high time all women are treated with respect, like they deserve to be.”
“My husband has always stood by my side in all my decisions. We have been, in true sense, each other’s better half. When you support each other, the results are are bound to be outstanding. I urge all men to support their mothers, daughters and wives. They should never turn a blind eye to any injustice against women. I request all men to help us make the planet a better and safe living place for women,” added Chadha.
Speaking to City Spidey about the initiative, Veena Gupta, head of WESS (Women Empowerment Safety Security), and the one who organised the event for the third time, said, “The prime motive behind the all-women car rally is women empowerment. Women need to be considered equal in all spheres of life, their hard work should be recognised, and they should not be made to feel weak in any sense. Through this rally, I also wanted to break the stereotype that women are not good enough behind the wheel. A woman can be as good a driver as a man and they should not be judged on the basis of their sex.”