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London (U.K.), Mar 08 (Canadian-Media): A surprise visit to a high school in Dagenham, East London was made by Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, to speak about gender parity ahead of International Women’s Day, media reports said.
Meghan Markle. Image credit: Twitter
Her visit to the school also marked the 50th anniversary of Britain’s Equal Pay Act, which prevents discrimination against women in the workplace.
At the school Markle was joined on stage by Geraldine Dear, one of the female workers at the Ford motor plant in Dagenham who went on strike for equal pay in 1968, and was responsible for triggering the legislation.
Talking of their story, which was made into the 2010 film “Made in Dagenham,” Markle said that women who were courageous to stand up for something that they knew needed to be done irrespective of caste or color are the best examples of the right to speak up for what is right.
Addressing her comments to both the teenage boys and the girls in the audience Markle said International Women’s Day is not targeted solely about women but it is about everybody and should be observed every day of the year.
Before Markle was given a tour of the school, she had a photo taken with the students, who had their arms posed in an equals sign in reference to the International Women’s Day campaign theme “EachforEqual.”
The is one of her last engagements as a member of the royal family before she and Prince Harry retreat from official duties.
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New York, Mar 08 (Canadian-Media): The world will not be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) if half the planet is left behind, the UN Deputy Secretary-General said in Papua New Guinea on Sunday: International Women’s Day (IWD), UN news reports said.
The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed (center right) joins a march in support of International Women's Day in Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.
Image credit: United Nations/Nahla Valji
Amina J. Mohammed was speaking in the capital, Port Moresby, during the national launch of the Spotlight Initiative, a European Union-UN partnership to eliminate violence against women and girls by the SDG deadline of 2030.
The UN estimates that while one in three women worldwide is affected by violence in their lifetime, the number could be double in the Pacific island nation.
Describing these rates as “astronomic”, Ms. Mohammed underlined the UN’s commitment to work with the Government, partners, and civic and faith-based organizations to help change attitudes that suggest violence and harm are acceptable.
“We cannot achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the global agenda for people, planet and prosperity, if we do not bring along half our population”, said Ms. Mohammed.
“We cannot say we have achieved peace if half our communities live in fear, insecurity, and without dignity.”
On the road to gender equality
The Deputy Secretary-General was part of a three-woman UN delegation to Papua New Guinea which, due to its geographic location, was among the first countries to welcome International Women’s Day.
She and colleagues Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS, and the UN Youth Envoy Jayathma Wickramanayake, hit the road at 6am for a morning march for gender equality alongside Port Moresby’s Governor, Powes Parkop, and scores of residents.
The UN team also saw how the Spotlight Initiative will support local projects already on the ground, such as the Meri Seif (“Safe Woman”) bus that provides transport for women and girls in the capital.
Hope and opportunity
That evening Ms. Mohammed addressed an official ceremony for International Women’s Day, during which she praised Papua New Guinea’s diversity: both in its people and in its natural environment.
She spoke of her meetings with people at all levels: from Government and civil society representatives, to women leaders, women market vendors and youth.
In discussions with women from all regions of the country, Ms. Mohammed learned how violence, insecurity and conflict have affected their communities, but also how these women are working to build peace.
“One common thread throughout these interactions was the urgency to lift women up; into leadership positions, out of poverty, and away from being harmed”, she said.
The UN Deputy Secretary-General also pointed to the need for further progress on women’s political representation as there have been only seven women elected officials since independence in 1975.
“It is not possible to build a nation on only half our resources. And it is not possible to develop policies and legislation that fits the needs of all citizens when half the country is unrepresented", she stressed.
Ms. Mohammed reported on signs of hope that she witnessed. She spoke of the Government’s commitment to addressing gender-based violence, including through taking up the issue in Parliament, and in establishing a range of protection services for women and girls.
Furthermore, young people in Papua New Guinea also want to see change.
“Through them we can realize change in one generation, and realize a shift away from norms that accept violence and harm towards an ethic of care, respect, and greater social cohesion”, she said.
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Geneva, Feb 21 (Canadian-Media): Feb 21 was declared to be the International Mother Language Day by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1999, media reports said.
International Mother Language Day. Image credit: Twitter
The declaration came up in tribute to the political movement known as Language Movement done by the Bangladeshis(then the East Pakistanis) to advocate the recognition of the Bengali language as an official language of the then-Dominion of Pakistan in order to allow its use in government offices.
It has been observed throughout the world since 21 Feb 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
The 2020 International Mother Language Day edition will contribute to promoting peaceful dialogue and social inclusion. The 2020 theme is "Languages without borders".
On 16 May 2007 the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution A/RES/61/266 called upon Member States "to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world" and proclaimed 2008 as the International Year of Languages and named the UNESCO to serve as the lead agency for the Year.
Languages are an important means of identity, communication, social integration, education and development.
Yet due to globalization, these are at present greatly threatened or disappearing altogether. When languages fade, cultural diversity, traditions, memory, unique modes of thinking and expression are also lost.
Reportedly about 43 percent of the estimated 6000 languages spoken in the world are endangered. Only a few hundred languages have a place in education systems and the public domain, and less than a hundred are used in the digital world.
We should strive to promote the dissemination of mother tongues not only to encourage linguistic diversity and multilingual education but also to be aware of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world.
Toddlers in Bangladesh are introduced to the alphabet.
Image credit: © UNICEF/BANA2014-00573/Mawa
A language disappears every two weeks and takes with it an entire cultural and intellectual heritage.
The existence of multilingual and multicultural societies transmit and preserve, through their languages, traditional knowledge and cultures in a sustainable way.
Besides increasing awareness of language issues, this initiative also served to mobilize partners and resources in implementation of policies in favor of language diversity and multilingualism in all parts of the world.
The International Year of Languages makes us realize that language is fundamental to communication of all kinds and leads to change and development. Besides languages promote intercultural dialogue, strengthens co-operation in attaining quality education for all. Languages preserve cultural heritage, mobilizes political will for applying the benefits of science and technology to sustainable development.
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New York, Feb 11 (Canadian-Media): Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Yet women and girls continue to be excluded from participating fully in science, UN News release of Feb 11 reported.
International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Image credit: Facebook
At present, less than 30 per cent of researchers worldwide are women. According to UNESCO data (2014 - 2016), only around 30 per cent of all female students select STEM-related fields in higher education. Globally, female students’ enrolment is particularly low in ICT (3 per cent), natural science, mathematics and statistics (5 per cent) and in engineering, manufacturing and construction (8 per cent).
Long-standing biases and gender stereotypes are steering girls and women away from science related fields. As in the real world, the world on screen reflects similar biases—the 2015 Gender Bias Without Borders study by the Geena Davis Institute showed that of the onscreen characters with an identifiable STEM job, only 12 per cent were women.
In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/70/212 declaring 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
"To rise to the challenges of the 21st century, we need to harness our full potential. That requires dismantling gender stereotypes. On this International Day of Women and Girls in Science, let’s pledge to end the gender imbalance in science," said UN Secretary-General António Guterres
With Sustainable Development Goal 9, part of the Global Goals that world leaders agreed to in 2015 with a deadline of 2030, countries around the world have pledged to “build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.”
On the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, let's change this narrative. Join us in celebrating women and girls, who are leading innovation and call for actions to remove all barriers that hold them back.
Join the conversation with #WomenInScience !
Women from across the Government of Canada working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields were brought together today in a symposium to recognize their contributions to science and technology. The event was hosted by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and to launch the NRC’s Women in STEM Infinite Possibilities campaign.
Included in this symposium was a keynote address by Dr. Mona Nemer, Chief Science Advisor of Canada, who highlighted hurdles still faced by women in STEM, and the need to encourage and advance women in STEM communities.
The organization’s commitment to an inclusive workplace was affirmed by the NRC’s President, Iain Stewart, by signing the Dimensions charter – a pilot program designed to address the barriers underrepresented or marginalized groups face.
The charter was also signed by other government departments and agencies such as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Canadian Space Agency, and Environment and Climate Change Canada.
A scientific poster session followed the event in which different research projects led by or involving women from across the Government of Canada were highlighted.
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United Nations, Jan 27 (Canadian-Media): 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the ending of the Second World War, the ending of the Holocaust as well as the establishment of the United Nations, formed in response to atrocity crimes of the Holocaust and the Second World War, with the aim of building a world that is just and peaceful, UN News release reported today.
Acknowledging the milestone year, the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme has chosen as the theme for Holocaust education and remembrance in 2020, "75 years after Auschwitz - Holocaust Education and Remembrance for Global Justice". The theme reflects the continued importance, 75 years after the Holocaust, of collective action against antisemitism and other forms of bias to ensure respect for the dignity and human rights of all people everywhere.
United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony is taking place today at UN General Assembly Hall to observe 75 years to the day of the liberation by the Soviet forces of Auschwitz Birkenau Nazi German concentration and extermination camp (1940-1945), will be hosted by Ms. Melissa Fleming, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications.
Invited speakers include the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, the President of the seventy-fourth session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Permanent Representatives of Germany, Israel, Russia and the United States to the United Nations, and Mr. Dan Pavel Doghi, Chief of the CPRSI, Senior Adviser on Roma and Sinti Issues, OSCE/ODIHR. Holocaust survivors Mr. Shraga Milstein and Ms. Irene Shashar will share their testimonies. Judge Theodor Meron, who served as the President of the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, will deliver the keynote speech. Rabbi Arthur Schneier will recite the Kaddish and Cantor Shulem Lemmer the memorial prayers. Mr. Itzhak Perlman will deliver a musical contribution.
Exhibition "Seeing Auschwitz" is being held at United Nations Visitors Lobby today between 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. and challenges the viewer’s understanding of the largest killing centre in human history. How Auschwitz is ‘seen’ is informed by a relatively small number of photographs taken from an even smaller number of sources. Together, the pictures are vital evidence of the Nazis’ crimes. Through a display of photographs taken by perpetrators and in one instance, by the victims themselves, the exhibition encourages the viewer to explore more fully what the photographs reveal about the photographers, and their intentions, and how this informs the viewers’ understanding of the meaning of “Auschwitz”. The exhibition was created and curated by Musealia, Spain, in collaboration with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, Poland. The exhibition will be on view until 24 February 2020.
Image credit: The Auschwitz Mugshots. Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.
Recital by Pianist Ms. Renan Koen would be held at ECOSOC Chamber betwwe 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Permanent Mission of Turkey will host a side event on the occasion of Holocaust Remembrance Day during which Turkish Pianist Ms. Renan Koen will give a piano recital. Renan Koen, is an international pianist, known for her efforts to publish the life-stories, ideals and works of composers who continued to create notwithstanding the prohibitions imposed on them while being imprisoned in concentration camps during the Second World War. She has given many recitals in Holocaust Remembrance events all around the world.
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A Panel Discussion "Safe Haven: Jewish Refugees in the Philippines"Venue: Conference Room 4, UNHQ also is being organized to day between 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.. During this B’nai B’rith International and the Philippine Permanent Mission to the United Nations, in cooperation with the US-Philippines Society, will host a program on Jewish refugees who fled Europe and found safe haven in the Philippines before World War II. Guest speakers will discuss Philippine President Manuel L. Quezon’s “Open Door Policy” in 1938. Tuesday, 28 January 2020
Another Exhibition "Crimes Uncovered: The First Generation of Holocaust Researchers" would be held at United Nations Visitors Lobby between 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
This exhibition examines Jewish historians and academics of various nationalities and backgrounds who documented and safeguarded evidence of the actions taken against the Jewish people during the Holocaust and lobbied to draw attention to what was happening in Nazi-occupied Europe. By so doing, these historians and academics resisted the Nazi plan to destroy all Jewish people and culture and pioneered the establishment of an international legal framework accompanying the establishment of the United Nations. The first generation of Holocaust researchers shaped the foundation of our current knowledge of the Holocaust. The exhibition was curated by the Memorial and Educational Site House of the Wannsee-Conference in Berlin in cooperation with the Berlin branch of the Touro College and the Wiener Library in London. It has been sponsored by the Foreign Ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany. The exhibition will be on view until 24 February 2020.
Eva Reichmann, Wiener Library Head of Research, 1950s. Image credit: Wiener Library Collections
An Exhibit "Lonka Project" at 1B Corridor, United Nations is a photographic tribute to the last Holocaust survivors with us today. Throughout 2019 some 250 of the world's leading professional photographers, in some 24 countries, generously contributed their time and talent, each capturing a Holocaust survivor in the context that makes a unique and memorable statement about their lives.
The exhibit would be on display would starting today 3:00 p.m and will be on view from the 27th January 2020 until the 7th February 2020, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
On Jan 29 there would be an Exhibition "Some were Neighbours: Choice, Human Behaviour, and the Holocaust" at United Nations Visitors Lobby from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. and addresses one of the central questions of the Holocaust: how did it happen? The exhibition examines the role of ordinary people in the Holocaust, and the variety of motives that influenced individual choices. These influences often reflect fear, indifference, antisemitism, career concerns, community standing, peer pressure, or chances for material gain. The exhibition considers individuals who did not give in to the opportunities and temptations to betray their fellow human beings, reminding us that there is an alternative to complicity in evil acts - even in extraordinary times. The exhibition was created and curated by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The exhibition will be on view until 24 February 2020.
Photo credit: Stadtarchiv Kerpen
30 January 2020 would showcase United Nations Civil Society Briefing "Hate speech, Holocaust denial and distortion: why challenging it matters" at Conference Room 2, United Nations HQ between 11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Registration for this is open till Jan 24.
This would feature holocaust denial and distortion dismisses the irrefutable and established facts that the Holocaust happened and belittles the suffering of the victims and survivors of the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis and their accomplices. Denial and distortion of history is an important tool in the arsenal of hate speech. Hate speech encourages the dehumanization of individuals and groups and is used to justify discrimination and other acts of violence. 2020 marks 75 years since the end of the Second World War, and the Holocaust, yet antisemitism continues to occur. This briefing will provide an historical overview of Holocaust denial and distortion, will explore measures being taken to identify and counter denial, distortion, and hate speech, and why this matters. The panellists include Ms. Simona Cruciani, United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect, Dr. Robert Rozett, Director of the Yad Vashem – The World Holocaust Remembrance Center; Mr. Tad Stahnke, Director of International Outreach, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; and Dr. Sara Brown – The Centre for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education. The discussion will be moderated by the Ms. Melissa Fleming, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications.
There would be Book Signing "Renia's Diary: A Holocaust Journal" at United Nations Bookshop from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Registration for this open and this event will focus on a conversation with the Renia’s younger sister, Holocaust survivor, Elizabeth Bellak and Elizabeth’s daughter, Alexandra. The event will be moderated by journalist, Robin Shulman.
Renia’s Diary: A Holocaust Journal (St. Martin’s Press) Renia Spiegel was born to a Jewish family in Poland in 1924. She began her diary at the start of 1939, right before the invasion of Poland by the German army. In 1942, she was forced to move to the Przemysl ghetto, but was smuggled out by her boyfriend Zygmunt and went into hiding with his parents. She was discovered by the Gestapo and murdered on 30July 1942. Zygmunt survived to complete her diary with the account of their death.
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There would be a film Screening of "The Accountant of Auschwitz" at German House (871 United Nations Plaza) from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m and follows the trial of Oskar Gröning, who was charged with being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews at Auschwitz. During the Holocaust, Gröning had recorded and tallied the cash and personal valuables seized from Jews arriving at the camp. The trial began in 2015 when Gröning was 93. The Accountant of Auschwitz traces the history leading to Gröning’s trial and the race against time to bring to justice last living Nazis. Directed by Matthew Shoychet, and produced by Ricki Gurwitz and Ric Esther Bienstock, the documentary weaves archival footage, contemporary trial coverage, and interviews with survivors and human rights advocates to offer compelling investigations of history, conscience, and justice. The screening will follow by a Q&A session with Ricki Gurwitz, Ric Esther Bienstock and Walther Thomas.
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#WorldLeprosyDay; #FrenchHumanitarianRaoulFollereau; #Discrimination; #DeathAnniversaryOfMahatmaGandhi
Geneva, Jan 26 (Canadian-Media): World Leprosy Day is observed on the last Sunday in January which this year falls on 26th January 2020, media reports said.
Leprosy patient. Image credit: Twitter
World Leprosy Day raises awareness of a disease that many people believe to be extinct. Today it is not just the disease that is forgotten, but the people too.
The observance of this day was started by French humanitarian Raoul Follereau in 1953 to coincide with the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s death on 30th January 1948.
Many women and children affected by leprosy – also known as Hansen’s disease – have been the victims of stereotypes, physical and verbal abuse, delays of diagnosis and lack of adequate care, regretted Alice Cruz, the first UN Special Rapporteur on the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members, appointed in November 2017 by the Human Rights Council.
Although Cruz welcomed improvements in the response of some Governments, including in awareness-raising activities, campaigns to improve detection and early diagnosis, and access to treatment, Cruz nevertheless regretted that many States with high incidence rate have discriminatory laws. She said leprosy-affected women and children should be included in the decision-making processes impacting their lives.
Despite the progress of science and the fact that leprosy can be treated with drugs, just like other diseases, the existence of discrimination caused many to go untreated, said Yohei Sasakawa, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination in a message on the occasion of World Leprosy Day 26 January 2020.
"We have not only to fight the disease, but also the prejudice and discrimination that have infected society...all of us need to have a correct understanding of leprosy and compassion toward those with the disease... On this World Leprosy Day, I would like to join together with as many people as possible in thinking what we can do to make a difference to the lives of persons affected by leprosy. Let’s make today a new beginning. Let’s do our best together." he said
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United Nations, Dec 21 (Canadian-Media): It has been declared by the United Nations that International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) would be observed from 2020, United Nations reports said.
This observation provides once in a lifetime opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.
FAO works with different stakeholders to empower youth to engage in responsible investment in agriculture, following the CFS Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems. This is done by creating institutional, policy and incentive frameworks that account for the needs of youth, as well as equipping young agri-entrepreneurs with the skills they need to make their businesses thrive. The following publications have been designed to facilitate this process.
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United Nations, Dec 20 (Canadian-Media): International Human Solidarity Day (IHSI) is observed all over the universe on Dec 20 of each year, UN reports said.
Human Solidarity Symbol. Image credit: ©United Nations
Solidarity was identified by United Nations (UN) General Assembly on 22 Dec 2005, by resolution 60/209 as one of the fundamental and universal values that should underlie relations between peoples in the twenty-first century and decided to proclaim 20 December of each year International Human Solidarity Day.
On 20 Dec 2002, UN General Assembly established the World Solidarity Fund by resolution 57/265 which was set up in February 2003 as a trust fund of the United Nations Development Programme. Its objective of this fund is to eradicate poverty and promote human and social development in developing countries, in particular among the poorest segments of their populations.
Observation of International Human Solidarity day on Dec 20 of each year marks a day to celebrate our unity in diversity and remind governments to respect their commitments to international agreements; to raise public awareness of the importance of solidarity and think of ways to promote it for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals including poverty eradication and take action to encourage new initiatives for poverty eradication.
Centred on people and planet and supported by a global partnership determined to lift people out of poverty, hunger and disease, the Sustainable Development Agenda is built on a foundation of global cooperation and solidarity.
In the context of globalization and the challenge of growing inequality, strengthening of international solidarity is one of the fundamental values of international relations in the 21st Century in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural or humanitarian character.
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United Nations, Dec 18 (Canadian-Media): On the observance of International Migrants Day, UN Secretary-General António Guterres says, "All migrants are entitled to equal protection of all their human rights. On this International Day, I urge leaders and people everywhere to bring the Global Compact to life, so that migration works for all," UN reports said.
A family faces an uncertain future as dozens of refugees and migrants were rescued by an Italian coastguard vessel and landed at the port of Augusta after their own ship was sinking in the Mediterranean sea in 2015. They had been trying to reach Europe from north Africa to seek asylum.
Image credits: © UNHCR/Francesco Malavolta
December 18 was proclaimed as an International Migration Day in 2000 by the UN General Assembly.
This year’s International Migrants Day theme is: Social Cohesion, Celebrating the integration of migrants into communities around the world.
Throughout human history, migration has been a courageous expression of the individual’s human right and will to overcome adversity and to live a better life.
Today's globalization with advanced communications and transportation, has facilitated the increase in number of people, who have the desire and the capacity to move to better places.
The clear linkage between migration and development, as well as the opportunities it provides for co-development is being overlooked in this era thereby undermining the importance of the concerted improvement of economic and social conditions at both origin and destination.
The increasing efforts of the migrants to find a more suitable and developed destinations, enhanced cooperation and collective action among countries and regions is required to overcome the elements of unforeseeability, emergency, and complexity, the challenges and difficulties of international migration.
United Nations is playing an active catalyst role in this area to propel experience exchange and collaborate opportunities to create more dialogues and interactions within countries and regions.
#MGVM2020; #Gujarat; #India; #9thEditionOfMGVM; #FitIndiaMovement
Gujarat (India), Dec 4 (Canadian-Media): The city of Vadodara (Gujarat), India gets ready for 5th January 2020 for the 9th Edition of the MG Vadodara International Marathon (MGVM), to be held at Navlakhi Ground (Vadodara), India's fittest marathon, media reports said.
AIMS and AFI certified, The MGVM race, ranks in the top 10 of India's marathon majors with a history of attracting elite and professional runners from citizens from all walks of life all across Gujarat and India as well as from abroad.
Established itself as India's largest city marathon, with over 1,00,000 registrations in the 2019 edition, MGVM's 9th edition promises to be even larger.
Echoing the call of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, address to the nation at the launch of the FIT INDIA Movement, on Aug 29, 2009, "The way you made Swachh Bharat movement a success, so should you make the FIT movement a part of your life", MGVM 2020 is showcasing the message of FIT INDIA as its main theme, as a mark of gratitude to Modi for bringing fitness to the forefront, a cause already imbibed in the Vadodara Marathon running for fitness in Vadodara city for almost a decade.
This year's edition of MGVM 2020 is being launched with a lively exercise routine, The VaMo FitStep Challenge. Speaking at the launch of the MGVM 2020, Smt. Tejal Amin, Chairperson of the MG Vadodara Marathon, said, ‘The VaMo FitStep is an initiative to take the #fitindiamovement to the masses reaching out to homemakers, to Corporate sectors, professionals, schools and institutes. This one-minute exercise regime is beneficial, doable and can be readily adapted in the daily routine of all age groups." Further she added, "MGVM prides itself on being an inclusive marathon and we are excited and privileged to welcome Para Athlete and Arjuna awardee Deepa Malik, who has confirmed her presence at the flag off on 5th Jan 2020.She also joins the glittering league as a Brand Ambassador for MGVM2020"
MG Motor India's announcement of its third consecutive association with the 9th edition of the Vadodara International Marathon as its sponsor, the carmaker also aims to support and enhance awareness about the local civic and social causes undertaken by the Vadodara Marathon. The event is also of great strategic importance for the MG brand, as it takes place in the close geographical proximity of its manufacturing facility in Halol, Gujarat.
Speaking about the upcoming marathon, Rajeev Chaba, President & Managing Director – MG Motor India said, “As an organisation, MG India is built on four core pillars of diversity, innovation, experiences, and community. Our third consecutive partnership with the Vadodara Marathon underlines our commitment to promoting healthy living and fitness in the community. We are also proud to promote and celebrate the spirit of running, fitness, and healthy living as the sponsor of a landmark event in the national sporting calendar. The turnout for the last two editions has been marvellous and we are expecting a bumper crowd for the Vadodara Marathon 2020 as well. We look forward to a continued partnership in the years to come and build awareness around key aspects of a well-rounded, healthy society.”
It is a matter of pride that MG Vadodara International Marathon has been invited to be part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group Qualifying Events giving runners a chance to win World Ranking Points. With this entry the MGVM 2020 enters an elite group of international marathons which include the Tokyo, Boston, Virgin Money London, BMW BERLIN, Bank of America Chicago and TCS New York City Marathons.
By keeping in line with its tradition of Sports-Seva-Swacchata, MGVM is adopting the cause of Save Water to support the nationwide Jal Shakti Abhiyaan initiated by Modi.
An online quiz for school children centred around this theme of fitness would soon be hosted by MGVM2020 to promote awareness about the message of Fitness.
The quiz will also be conducted on Radio Mirchi for the citizens of Vadodara.
For runners comfort, MGVM 2020 also aims to set new benchmarks by introducing more medical booths, upgraded after race recovery zones and more monitoring stations. With a thrust on outstation runners the MGVM team is also working on ways for comfortable stay options.
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