Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Mumbai Women Participate in ‘Lavasa Women’s Drive’

Anyone who visits my blog regularly will know lot of information about Mumbai, my blog covers almost all the information that tourist are looking for.

Anybody have any queries, they send me a private message and I answer them on my blog and my friends seem to know everything,..er..well..almost everything….

But when people reach a new territory, you don’t expect them to know everything. How will they know what is the pin code of Lavasa? Or what is unique about Lavasa, or what is the name of the games arcade in the city? So when they organized a quiz show like this, all the women did was to search the net for answers on their mobile and the fastest finger won.
Did you know that every seven minutes one Indian woman dies of Cervical Cancer?

Risk factors for cervical cancer include:
  • Having sex at an early age
  • Multiple sexual partners
  • Poor economic status (may not be able to afford regular Pap smears)
  • Sexual partners who have multiple partners or who participate in high-risk sexual activities
  • Women whose mothers took the drug DES (diethylstilbestrol) during pregnancy in the early 1960s to prevent miscarriage
  • Weakened immune system
    Worldwide, cervical cancer is the third most common type of cancer in women. It is much less common in the United States because of the routine use of Pap smears.

This year, like every year, Mumbai had its Lavasa Women’s Drivea and this year they were supporting the awareness and prevention of cervical Cancer.

Early morning at 6am, when the Mumbaites were still snoozing extra hours of Sunday Morning, 350 women drove from Mumbai to Lavasa covering the distance of 200kms to spread the message of their cause through rhyme and games.

Some women took more than 2 days, meticulously dressing their cars with creative messages and slogans of the cause that they were supporting. 

They assembled at Bandra reclamation and were flagged off every two minutes to join the rally with 150 more participants from Pune city.

“Lavasa Women's Drive is about celebrating the spirit of womanhood. It’s about the drive in each woman to be a successful home maker, a successful entrepreneur, a mother, a daughter. It is about women putting their hair down, their spirit and vibrancy and also about the ability to contribute to social causes” says the Lavasa community

At Lavasa, there was a carnival kind of party where people danced on Bollywood music, participated in talent hunt, walked down the promenade, and ate tasty food.

Some of the participants stayed back to enjoy the serenity and calmness of the place, which is best enjoyed during late hours of evening or early mornings, while the rest of the women drove back the same day, contented of being the part of such a grant event.

To read my photo-essay on this event you can visit @ album on FB

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