The Covid-19 pandemic has been tough on everyone, but women and the marginalized communities bore the real brunt of it. Statistics have painted a grim picture of women suffering from employment loss and increasing domestic violence while girls have faced disruption in education.
In response to the countless instances of gender-based violence, extreme injustice and deep-rooted discrimination against women, Oxfam India – a non-profit organization working to support child education, empowering women and fighting against inequality – has announced the first edition of 2021’s Trailwalker Virtual Challenge. Through this challenge, Oxfam aims to generate financial aid for women and girls who have faced such enormous challenges.
The Trailwalker Virtual Challenge starts from International Women’s Day (March 8) and will go on till March 17. The edition offers three challenges to the participants to choose from, they can complete either 100km, 50km or 25km in 10 days. The challenge is accessible to anyone who wants to participate and every joining contribution will help Oxfam India in their projects. Registrations for the challenge are open. Click here to register.
The Trailwalker Challenge is a way to involve citizenry in important conversations as well as fund-raising. Last year, even though the walkathon had to go virtual due to the pandemic, the participation had remained enthusiastic.
Amitabh Behar, Chief Executive Officer of Oxfam India, said, “Our aim has always been to consistently work towards addressing societal and economic fault lines but last year, the plight of migrant workers hit by the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown, took center stage. The 2020 Trailwalker Virtual Challenge hence was themed around them and all through the year between March and December, it attracted almost 5,000 participants who walked to show their solidarity and raised over Rs 50,00,000. This support augmented our other important initiatives and also our Covid-19 response. Consequently, we were able to reach out to underserved citizens in 16 states and provide one month’s dry ration to 387,495 people. We also distributed 60,080 ready-to-eat meal packets and 57,424 safety kits. We were able to transfer Rs 264.45 lakh to 5,289 households and provide critical information about the pandemic to over 5 million people. We also provided 6,626 PPE Kits to front-line workers and hospitals.”
In 2021, he added, the aim of the Trailwalker Virtual Challenge is to generate even more synergy so that important conversations around gender-based discrimination and inequality can be mainstreamed all through the year and women in crisis can be helped in a substantial way.