This is what Paralympics is all about — defying your disabilities and strive to the way of glory. And such an example has been set on the night of the opening ceremony.
Four-time Paralympic medallist Marcia Malsar was carrying the torch during the opening ceremony in Rio on Wednesday. Amidst torrential downpour, the whole Maracana stadium ground was slippery which led her stumble and fall dropping the flame for her hands.
But she showed a hardcore sportsmanship and stood up with the assistance of the cane she was carrying. A pair of staffers put the torch back in her hand, and she picked herself up and kept on walking.
The audience in the gallery burst out in applause for her feat and supported her orally to keep her moving. A pair of staffers put the torch back in her hand, and she picked herself up and kept on walking.
Malsar — Brazil’s first-ever Paralympic gold medallist — became a sensation overnight. The Paralympic Games later posted her video with the caption, “What defines us is how well we rise after falling.”
Malsar has won Paralympic gold in 1984 in the 200-m race and later won three more medals. Her stints at the games might have come to an end because of her age, but she continues to inspire millions.
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 initiative #MakeYourCitySafe. We also hope that women leave their apprehension behind and unitedly reclaim their city spaces.