During their more than 10,000-km odyssey in 36 days, the women bikers will traverse through Nepal, India, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore to propagate the message of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ (save girl child, educate girl child).
Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Rae said it was an extremely praiseworthy initiative and will help motivate others also to support the cause.
“The society needs to change and give equal treatment to both male and female child,” he said.
The bikers’ team leader Sarika Mehta, a psychologist by profession, said that they will meet members of different non-governmental organisations active in the field during their travel through the 10 south and south-east Asian nations.
The other members of the team are Yugma Desai, Khyati N. Desai and Durriya M. Tapia. The four members of the Surat-based club Biking Queens were earlier flagged off by Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel from the Gujarat town on June 4.
“Many feel women are a burden. We want to demolish the myth. We want to send out the message that women in this part of the world are already empowered; we want to show that women are not a burden on society,” she said at a press meet held at the embassy.
On Sunday, the Indian women bikers met Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari who extended her best wishes for their campaign.