“I knew her since we were children, but I really got to know her when she moved to Bombay from Bihar and lived in my lane. I always knew I wanted to marry her, but how I asked her to marry me was very impulsive. I was a sailor and this one time, whilst I was dating her, my journey got cancelled.
I don’t know what got into me then but I just landed up at her door step, got on one knee and asked her to marry me! When she said ‘yes’, I said ‘okay I don’t want to wait any longer – we’re getting married tomorrow!’ Obviously, most places were booked out, given the short notice but we finally found a quaint little restaurant/hall near the Taj Mahal hotel which was available and it was just perfect because we had only our closest family and friends.
Unfortunately, our honeymoon was a really short one in Mussoorie, but you see I’m a sailor and we’re as romantic as they get…so I took my bride to sea with me – and even though I was working – it was a 4 month long honeymoon with the only person I wanted to see the world with.”
As the clock ticks and the day starts ending, the only thing on the mind of every woman is to rush home. From literally sprinting to informing of their location every minute to the family members, women do it all. All this for just one reason – it’s not safe to be outside after the sun sets. If by chance there is even a slight delay, the family also starts fretting.
Why is being outside after a certain time considered to be unsafe? Well, the answer can be found in the question itself. It is because, as it starts getting darker, lesser women step out and hence roads are perceived to be unsafe.
Volvo beautifully addressed this via a video, set at the background of a popular old Hindi song, showing three women and sending out a simple message that more the women on the streets, more safer it will become. This video struck a chord among a lot of people, especially women who could identify with it.
Volvo, in a bid to encourage women to step out and reclaim their city spaces, organised a night walk. Mumbai Night Walk which was organised by Volvo under the #MakeYourCitySafe initiative in association with CrossBow Miles invited all the women to participate in a great number
The mood for the symbolic march, which was held on May 19, was set up right at the beginning of event with some soul-stirring music and talks by various artists who champion the cause of equal rights for women.
In the final leg of the movement, which was the midnight walk itself was joined by Srishti Bakshi, founder and campaign champion of CrossBow Miles, who also holds a unique feat of walking 3,800 km from Kanyakumari to Srinagar in 230 days for raising awareness for women empowerment through financial and digital literacy. She is of a strong opinion that small steps lead to bigger changes. Problems like misogyny and gender stereotyping cannot change overnight and only sustained efforts towards completely removing them can bring change.
Bakshi joined the enthusiastic crowd of women marchers who walked from High Street Phoenix to Mahalaxmi Racecourse. The event had performances by spoken word poet Simar Singh, singer Abhilasha Sinha, singer-songwriter Aarifah Rebello, rapper Sofia Ashraf and award-winning singer Rekha Bharadwaj. The event saw some really acclaimed personalities like Sushmita Sen and Dia Mirza in attendance too.
This is not the first time that such a night march is being organised by CrossBow Miles. Earlier too, public night walks were organised in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Gwalior and New Delhi which were attended by 200-15,000 people in each city.
The Logical Indian congratulates Volvo on the grand success of their initiate #MakeYourCitySafe. We also hope that women leave their apprehension behind and unitedly reclaim their city spaces.