The WIAA Women’s Rally to the Valley was a mega hit, with over 600 women competing in this unique rally in Mumbai on Sunday. Ms Amrita Phadnavis, wife of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was the chief guest.

A perfect blend of Traditional and Modern outfit
A perfect blend of Traditional and Modern outfit

Rally to the Valley creates record, becomes the biggest rally ‘for women, by women’

The WIAA Women’s Rally to the Valley created a record of sorts here on Sunday, becoming arguably one of the biggest rallies ‘for women, by women’ in the world.

Cars during flagoff event at 1971 Omkar Mumbai for the Women’s Rally to the Valley.
Cars during flagoff event at 1971 Omkar Mumbai for the Women’s Rally to the Valley.

Over 600 ladies competed in the annual rally presented by JK Motorsports, but it became unique as the entire event was conceived, planned and executed by women.

Ms. Amruta Phadnavis, Banker, Singer and the wife of our Chief Miniter, Maharashtra State gracing the event Women’s Rally to the Valley

Right from the special guests, including Ms Amruta Fadnavis, wife of Maharashtra Chief Minister, and activist lawyer Abha Singh, to the officials and marshals, everybody was a lady.

Dignitaries flagging of the race at WIAA Women’s Rally to the Valley
Dignitaries flagging of the race at WIAA Women’s Rally to the Valley

India’s top woman racer Sneha Sharma led the entourage, driving the zero car and setting the tempo for the rally.

Flag off at WIAA Women’s Rally to the Valley
Flag off at WIAA Women’s Rally to the Valley

“We are delighted to be part of such an exciting event,” JK Motorsport’s president Sanjay Sharma said. “We support a number of rallies for women but this one is special as everything was done by ladies,” he added.

Statue of Liberty Theme at Women’s Rally to the Valley
Statue of Liberty Theme at Women’s Rally to the Valley

“We have been organising this rally for many years now, with the primary aim of empowering women while also propagating road safety,” WIAA president Nitin Dossa said. “One of the ladies came up with this idea, to make it truly for women, by women, and we thought that there couldn’t have been a better way to show our support for women,” he added.

Pune Police Officer DYSP Gayatri Pawar (Motor Transport IGMT - from the office of Inspector General of Motor Transport, Maharashtra State) and the Staff Participating at the Women’s Rally to the Valley
Pune Police Officer DYSP Gayatri Pawar (Motor Transport IGMT – from the office of Inspector General of Motor Transport, Maharashtra State) and the Staff Participating at the Women’s Rally to the Valley

The over 600 ladies decorated their cars, totalling 130, and dressed themselves up for the occasion, rendering a festive atmosphere at the venue.

Also read: Pune DYSP Takes Navigator’s Charge For A Day

Unique message for Men at the Women’s Rally to the Valley
Unique message for Men at the Women’s Rally to the Valley

Like every year, the ladies celebrated their emancipation and rising eminence but the favourite theme this year was patriotism.

Women entrepreneur with a safety message at WIAA Women’s Rally to the Valley

A number of them wore it on their sleeves, literally, turning up in armed forces uniforms and with slogans supporting the country.

Camouflage theme at Women's Rally to the Valley
Camouflage theme at Women’s Rally to the Valley

A team of four ladies, looking dashing as air force pilots, won the maximum applause while a couple of others even took the trouble of making their cars look like armoured vehicles.

One of the cars screamed, ‘How’s the Josh?’ while a number of them proudly displayed ‘I love India’.

The TSD rally set off at 7am from Omkar 1973 and traversed past the city’s major landmarks, including Century Bazaar, Sidhi Vinayak, Shivaji Park, Dadar Plaza, Eastern Express Highway, Vashi before culminating at Amby Valley.

View at the Amby Valley
View at the Amby Valley

Spectators lined up along the streets to see the freshly painted cars zip past them.

Here are the list of winners from the WIAA Women’s Rally to the Valley 2019.

Presented by JK TYRES.
Monisha Dossa Bhatia Vice ChairPerson ( WOMEN’S RALLY TO THE VALLEY)

BEST DRESSED/DECORATED CAR – 1ST PRIZE – CAR NO: 07

Pledge for ROAD SAFETY…
“Start Early, Drive slow, Reach surely” as our loved ones are waiting for us to embrace.

Our aim is to spread awareness on Road Safety and thus we have displayed important signs to follow while on the road.
– Follow signals
– Buckle up your seat belt
– Don’t drink & drive
– Don’t use mobiles while driving

Bina Shah
Zenobia Khodaiji
Vaishali Rode
Hetal Dalal

BEST DRESSED/DECORATED CAR – 2ND PRIZE – CAR NO: 100

Theme – ‘stages from a caterpillar to a cocoon to a butterfly’ to pass the message to all women to believe in themselves and never give up.

Initially when a woman is in the stage of a CATERPILLAR she is confined to little to little space and freedom but just manages to pull along and move on in her restricted routine. Then this constricted life could lead to frustration helplessness and life would feel like the suffocation you would feel in an enclosed CACOON. But that’s the time we should not give up and quit. The three rings used for decoration also represent the 3 stages of the butterfly.

“Don’t quit before the miracle happens”. It’s important for all to understand that once in the cocoon there is a life beyond that and we should not give up and believe in ourselves as there could be something very beautiful awaiting us after the stage of a cocoon and we should also remember that it’s just a temporary phase of life. The painted lady represents all the aspirations feelings and emotions that’s bottled up in her and then the freedom she can experience to let out all the feelings when she can open up and be herself.

The back decor of the car gave the message that every woman should believe that she can transform into a beautiful butterfly. The bow represented that our life is a gift and it should be cherished. We should give ourselves the time and live life to the ultimate satisfaction experience.

In continuation to our concept we had painted the message that all woman should realise that “your time as a caterpillar has expired, your wings are ready all you have to do is fly”.

We had also hand painted our shoes with the same theme saying live your dreams and the other shoe had the doodle art of all that the individual is. Representing her personality and likes. We matched our dress to our theme of being a butterfly. Even our t shirts were hand painted. So to sum it up you should never quit believe in yourself and remember that any stage or difficulty in life is just temporary.

Mohini Chandan
Grishma Doshi
Hetal Doshi
Dhanashree Shegde

BEST DRESSED/DECORATED CAR – 3RD PRIZE – CAR NO: 43

‘ARMY BEHIND ARMY’ is our theme, which represents the real stories of sacrifices and hardships of the army for their Nation and it’s citizens. While the army is the pillar of our Nation’s force and well being, it’s time to recognise those who are their strength and backbone. The force behind this army are their mothers, daughters, wives and sisters who give them strength to protect us. The sacrifices made by these women are innumerable, their valour is unparalleled and their emotional strength is impossible to match. We salute these women who raise and nurture such gallant heroes who the whole nation looks up to. We salute these unsung heroes who smilingly send their loved ones into the war field so that people like us can have a protected and cheerful life with our loved ones.

Nirali Khandwala
Ritu Jain
Prity Tanna
Archana Jambusaria

BEST DRESSED TEAM – 1ST PRIZE – CAR NO: 37

‘Statue of Liberty’ Liberate, Educate, Empower, Respect women.

We stood for the word Liberate . It is a powerful word in its own and we wanted particularly to stand for expressions like Freedom, Empower , Educate & Respect.
The Torch in the hand symbolises the fire as unfortunately few women get engulfed in that and few emerge firebrands themselves. Let’s be the fire and show light of freedom and liberty to the human race. Be the torch be the guiding light. The book in the hand symbolises Importance of Education. Its impossible without knowledge.
To end i would like to borrow a quote “She wears a crown ,built from the spine of inner strength and modesty with sparkling jewels to represent her each and every quality”

Kinjal Sakharkar
Nimisha Nerurkar
Aakanksha Ratreja

BEST DRESSED THEME – 2ND PRIZE – CAR NO: 07

Pledge for ROAD SAFETY.
“Start Early, Drive slow, Reach surely” as our loved ones are waiting for us to embrace..

Our aim is to spread awareness on Road Safety and thus we have displayed important signs to follow while on the road.
– Follow signals
– Buckle up your seat belt
– Don’t drink & drive
– Don’t use mobiles while driving

Bina Shah
Zenobia Khodaiji
Vaishali Rode
Hetal Dalal

BEST DRESSED THEME – 3RD PRIZE – CAR NO: 56

Our theme was the Role of Women in the country’s Defence system especially in the Indian Airforce. We depicted the FIRST FIGHTER PILOTS of India, Awani, Bhawana and Mohana. We are really proud of them and felt privileged to depict them. Accordingly We were dressed as Indian Airforce fighter pilots. And it was indeed a wonderful experience.

Our slogan
“How is the Josh, High Sir”

Jagruti Sahu
Divya Kumar
Chitra
Ajit Kaur Dhillon

BEST MESSAGE ON CAR – 1ST PRIZE – CAR NO: 117

‘STOP ACID ATTACK. STOP OPEN SALE OF ACID’
SLOGAN – Man who attacked me will cover his face I Won’t!

Payal Mehta
Arti Gedia
Manisha Mehta
Ashu Sharma

BEST MESSAGE ON CAR – 2ND PRIZE – CAR NO: 103

ORAL HEALTH

7th April being the World Heath Day the Team chose to become tooth fairies and spread awareness on importance of ORAL HEALTH.

Good Oral Health is a gateway to good overall health. What we don’t realise is that you don’t need to chew tobacco to be in serious health issues such as Cancer…. poor oral health leads to issues with high BP, Diabetes Life style diseases and Cancer too. Poor oral health cases harm to the new born in the womb too And hence let’s not ignore the issue.

On the way from Worli to Aamby Valley Team distributed Oral kits to the street children at the Signals. Telling them importance of keeping the mouth clean.

Small effort but takes a long way. The team will be continuing the effort of spreading the Oral health messages in school and Anganwadis.

Tooth Fairies:
Kumkum Baidyaroy
Tanvi Jagtap
Somita Pal

BEST MESSAGE ON CAR – 3RD PRIZE – CAR NO: 39

‘Women’s helpline’
Tag line: Speak up for yourself. Help is just a phone call away.

The only mistake any woman makes is not asking for help before it is too late. For each cause that women face, there is support and help available. We emphasised that you don’t have to do it all by yourself. For causes like depression, pre-natal depression, rape, domestic violence, this helpline is just what every woman needs. We have mentioned women’s helpline numbers creating awareness.
Domestic violence: 0800 817 1414
Prenatal depression: 1300 726 306
National rape crisis helpline: 08088029999
Depression :022 2552 1111
Harassment :1090

Hemali Gosalia
Jayshree Shah
Pallavi Modi

BEST THEME ON CAR – 1ST PRIZE – CAR NO: 81

‘PROTECTORS’ (Protector of Self Pride, Family, Society and Nation)
From time immemorial men have been the protectors & providers but now the new age women too is a protector.

If Women can BEAR
If Women can NURTURE
If Women can CARE
To Strike a Perfect Balance
If Women can SWEAT
Then why not PROTECT

Cook and serve food for her family – ANNAPURNA
Every woman who awakens transformation within herself – KALI
Every woman awaken courage within herself – DURGA
Morning rush home-children-work – ADHTABHUJA
Teaches her children – SARSWATI
Stands with her family when needed – PARWATI
Earn and save money for family – MAHALAXMI

Dr Smita Dongre
Jyoti Vaidya
Meenal Kapoor
Urmila Katkar

BEST THEME ON THE CAR – 2ND PRIZE – CAR NO: 77

‘Veeranganas’ – VoiceOfTheVoiceless
ValiantSuperPowers

Theme/Message:AnimalSexualAbuse

Women are not only the victims of Abuse & Rape, Even Animals too share the same fate.

There is much more to Animal Sexual Abuse.
For our Food too they are raped and cruelly abused.

We decided to set aside awhile fight for our rights.
As Animals heinous and gruesome plight we wanted to highlight.

Minali Lalye
Sahana Pruthviraj
Jagruti Hitnali

BEST THEME ON CAR – 3RD PRIZE – CAR NO: 122

Our theme was on creating awareness about menstrual hygiene and promoting sustainable menstruation. Muse Foundation is a group of young enthusiasts working towards educating the generation through thought provoking initiatives. One of the initiatives has been striving to educate the masses about hygiene and menstruation. This programme is called A Period of Sharing (POS). Under this programme, we have been conducting sessions to educate women on sustainable menstrual hygienic methods that they can adopt. One of which is switching to menstrual cups or reusable cloth pads. The agenda of this session is to inform girls and women about the impact of use of disposable sanitary napkins on both the user as well as the environment and how menstrual cups or reusable cloth pads are the need the hour. We also speak about taboos, so that no one else needs to suffer or die because of the taboo. We conduct sessions for anyone that agrees to listen to what we have to say. Schools, colleges, residential colony groups, corporate offices, women from underprivileged background. Everyone. Women and men too. Millions of sanitary napkins that are daily being disposed contain plastic and various chemicals has been adversely hampering the environment. An average woman uses around 5000-6000 sanitary napkin until her menopause which ends up in our landfills without degrading for years.

Dr. Sachi Shanbhag
Kriti Shanbhag
Dr. Tanishta Rajesh
Charu Shanbhag

BEST SLOGAN ON CAR – 1ST PRIZE – CAR NO: 114

“SHE FLIES WITH HER OWN WINGS”
“FIND YOUR WINGS” where we want to motivate women to find their passions and excel in them.

In the yesteryear’s we lived in a male dominated society where all professions belonged to the men. The society slowly realised that this was hampering the women. So the women took it on them to enter various professions that is how the league of being the first woman in various fields started. We have Dr. Anandi Gopal Joshi the first woman doctor. Ms. Bachendri Pal the first woman to scale the Mount Everest. Ms. Puneeta Arora the first lady to join the armed faces.

Snehal Shirke
Avan Modak
Anuya Bapat
Dhanashree Mhatre

BEST SLOGAN ON CAR – 2ND PRIZE – CAR NO: 107

“BohatHoGayaSehan, BehanAbKuchBhiPehan”

Is our Slogan towards Sexual Harassment, in the support of Women Empowerment. Right to freedom of expression, Freedom to wear your mind – or more articulately, choosing which clothes to wear – is, an important part of expression for many people. Stop abusing Women on her attire is our main Motto.

We Four strong Women, come up with more creative in attire to set a trend against Freedom to wear your mind & heart. The same has been posted on our Car in support to Women Empowerment.

Sushma
Parinita
Niharika
Prachi

BEST SLOGAN ON CAR – 3RD PRIZE – CAR NO: 73

“I am rough
I am tough
I am enough”

Our team motto is to tell every women tat she is enough the way she is.

A woman is like a tigress who does not need any materialistic substance to make her feel enough. She is complete in herself who is beautiful & strong at the same time without any foreign substance.

Car Decoration:
We selected black and golden colour cause we wanted to express that black is the colour which can not be adulterated no colour is mix in it and make it lose its originality & gold expresses the materialistic aspect in the society where people go out of their way to b excepted in a particular norm of society.

Sanjana Minda
Kunjan Shah
Chaitali Doshi
Hetal Mehta

MOST POPULAR AND ACTIVE ON SOCIAL MEDIA – CAR NO: 78

‘SHEROES’ is every woman who stands up for what is right!

SHEROES is every ordinary woman who has extraordinary determination. TEAM SHEROES salutes the SHERO in every woman! A SHERO is a woman who battles patriarchy and wins against odds! A SHERO is a woman who does not bow down to societal norms and carves out her own destiny! There is a SHERO in every woman

Janvi Mehta
Kiran Motwani
Sudha Mahalakshmi