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Biking Queens hit Indian roads for women empowerment

Jul 21, 2017

The bikers will spread the message of women empowerment and also distribute sanitary kits to women in dozens of Indian states.

Mumbai: To spread the message of women empowerment, fifty women riders have embarked on a 10,000 km long journey on their motor bikes. The journey began from the west Indian state of Gujarat to Ladakh’s Khardung-La located in the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

This is the second such expedition taken up by the all women rider group 'Biking Queens' after it successfully completed the ‘All Women Ten Nations’ ride last year. This time they are going the national route.

Fifty women bikers from Biking Queens are a part of this rally, which will go through 15 states to reach Khardung-la, the highest motorable pass in the world, and hoist the Indian flag on Independence Day.

The expedition ‘All Women All India’ was flagged off by Anandiben Patel, former Chief Minister of Gujarat from P P Savani Vidhya Sankul, Surat.

These riders are supporting the cause of ‘Sashakta Nari Sashakta Bharat’ which translates into the idea ‘Empowered women, Empowered India’. The bikers will travel through more than 5000 villages in 15 states namely Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu, New Delhi, Chandigarh and Rajasthan.

The women riders, in every state, will meet the local people and spread the message of women empowerment. To help the underprivileged children they will also distribute more than 9000 learning kits in all these states.

Dr Sarika Mehta, Founder of the 'Biking Queens’, said that sanitation was very important part of daily lives and to encourage hygiene, the bikers would also distribute feminine hygiene kits to women and girls all over these states.

Sarika said that there was widespread inferiority complex among women in India. "We are riding for passion and social cause simultaneously. Women in our country have a lot of inhibitions about their talent. Through this journey we will be informing women about their rights and make them aware of the different occupations they can take up to earn their living," she said.

Biking Queens during their expedition will also meet and felicitate the native activists working for social welfare. On their way back in August the bikers will get an opportunity to meet the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

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