On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Vasai witnessed an extraordinary event that brought together hundreds of women and men riders for a bike rally, a celebration not just of the day but also of women’s resilience and their ongoing struggle for their rights. Even in the 21st century, many women across the globe are still fighting for their basic rights, a fact that this event aimed to highlight, all the while honoring the women who continue to push the boundaries.

Organized by the Royal Thumps Motorcycle Club, Dark Horse Media, and D Factory, in collaboration, the rally was not just any event; it was a statement. Women from various walks of life, mounted on everything from scooters like the Activa to classic cruisers and powerful sports bikes, came together to ride through the historic heart of Vasai. Their journey took them from the Tuljabhavani Garden-Suncity to the historic fort of Vasai, ending at the monument dedicated to the revered Chimaji Appa, a route that not only offered a scenic ride but also a trip through the pages of Vasai’s rich history.

This event was also a tribute to the late Dhaval Mhatre, a beloved member of the community and the club, whose father, Nitin Mhatre, is a leading figure at D Factory, a local co-working space provider. Dhaval’s young son, Prihan, and his widow, Larriel, were given the honor of flagging off the rally, adding a personal touch to the proceedings and highlighting the community’s tight-knit nature.

The rally route was carefully chosen to showcase Vasai’s diverse landscapes and historical sites, including the Suncity Police Station, Ambadi Road Gurudwara, Manickpur, Bhabola, Papdi Martyrs’ Memorial, Tamtalao, Chimaji Appa Ground, Jiji College, the Tehsildar’s Office, and, of course, the Vasai Fort. This path was not just a physical journey but a symbolic one, tracing the struggles and victories of women throughout history.

Dr. Yugma Mhatre-Kakde, addressing the women riders, shared vital information on women’s health issues, including cancer, highlighting the importance of awareness and early detection. This aspect of the rally underscored the event’s broader goal: to not only celebrate women’s achievements but also to educate and empower them to take charge of their health.

The Vasai bike rally on International Women’s Day has been a tradition for the past fifteen years, growing in scale and significance with each passing year. Hardik Mhatre, one of the organizers, promised that this tradition would continue, evolving to meet the changing times while always remaining true to its core mission: honoring women and their indomitable spirit.

This year’s rally was more than just a show of solidarity; it was a vibrant celebration of women’s strength, their right to freedom, and their place in the world, both on and off the road. It served as a powerful reminder that the journey towards gender equality is ongoing, but with each rev of the engine and every mile covered, progress is being made.

Participants left with not just memories of a thrilling ride but a renewed sense of purpose. The event was a call to action, not just for women but for men as well, to support the cause of gender equality and to stand up for the rights of all women, ensuring that their voices are heard, their contributions recognized, and their rights respected.

As the engines quieted down and the day came to a close, the message of the rally resonated loud and clear: the fight for women’s rights is far from over, but through unity, awareness, and action, change is possible. The Vasai bike rally on International Women’s Day was a celebration, a protest, and a promise for the future, all rolled into one, marking another year of progress and hope.