Scores of happy women across all ages, who participated enthusiastically in Pinkalthon 2016 in Delhi on Sunday provide an ample proof of the fact that women no more want to neglect their bodies. It is the seed of change, a huge movement which is growing with each passing year. The fourth edition of Pinkathon was held at Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium in Delhi on Sunday.
The run Pinkalthon 2016, considered as one of the biggest run in the country for women, was flagged off like always, by supermodel and barefoot runner Milind Soman at 6 am amid much cheering by women participants.
Aimed at creating awareness on breast cancer, Pinkathon is more than just a marathon. “The first step in empowerment is taking control of your own health, respecting yourself and understanding and celebrating the value you bring to your family and society. Empowerment is not a gift of society; it is a gift you give yourself,” said Milind Soman, before the start of run.
“The marathon is the beginning of a movement carried forward by a growing community of empowered women across India, who share a belief that a healthy family, a healthy nation and a healthy world begin with empowered women,” he added.
Pinkathon is organised in eight cities across India and over 10,000 women run in each of these events. This time, there were visually and hearing impaired women as well.
Women of all age groups participated in Pinkathon 2016 and they came attired in running gear, sarees, salwar kameez, hijabs–whatever they deemed fit, sending a strong signal to the society that they will no longer be dictated by men what to wear and what not to.
“Fitness is liberating. If a culture of regular exercise and fitness must take root in India, our women need to become aware about the benefits of fitness. They need to be able to get out and run, which does not happen due to various cultural reasons,” said Soman.
He also announced the launch of a new programme in many cities of the country wherein the women meet up every Saturday to run.
As a symbol of solidarity with women everywhere, participants of this year’s Pinkathon received Tsunamika dolls to commemorate their finish. The dolls were made by women Tsunami victims of December 2004.
“Provision of better health care facilities and nutrition are the basic rights of all citizens. It’s high time that we all together take up women’s health issues seriously and demand better health care facilities for them, for, women’s health is directly linked with the development of a country,” said Ranjana Kumari of Women Power Connect.
The run was organized in association with United Sisters Foundation, V Wash, Nestle, Ramada Hotels, Apollo Hospitals, Red FM, US Polo Association among others and partnered with Bajal Electricals and UN Women, among others.