To have thousands and lakhs of women come together to run for a cause is bound to create an impact. And that’s what the I Can DNA Women’s Marathon does. Through this, they are creating a sense of power and togetherness, all chanellised into this noble cause of girl education. I support both the marathon and the cause it addresses. Education empowers them with awareness, the power to analyse and think, which helps them know their choices and that’s a huge tool, just knowing and being aware of their rights. Besides, a woman educated means educating the next generation, which is really what we need at the grassroot level. So, the issue is not only extremely relevant, but much required.
Addressing it through a marathon of this magnitude is an encouraging sign. To have the whole city come together — the municipal body, the police — reflects the spirit of the city.
When runners forge ahead, each one takes a step ahead for the issue too and that’s what we need. People to take that step towards awareness. Also it’s so healthy to have everyone prep for the running. It also gives us that extra motivation to get fit, if we are not on the health track already. Marathons, all over the the world, are proving to be great ways to connect to the people. I hope women, and their families, in large numbers step out to support this.