Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-09-15 09:46 Mysuru: Five women from Mysuru, all passionate bikers, have been criss-crossing the state to raise awareness on atrocities against women and on the need for gender equality. Kanchana Ganga, a yoga therapist, Deepthi, a BBM student in Cauvery College, Puja, a commerce student from Mahajana College, Sunaina, an employee in a private company, and Rachappa decided to form a group when they met during a bike rally. “During the rally we discussed and decided to spread awareness on the problems facing women. So we formed women bike rider troupe three years back and decided to raise our voice,” Kanchana said, adding that they had been doing rallies for the past 3 years. The women bike riders have been to Coorg along with a team from Bengaluru last year. They have also been on bike rallies to Chamundi Hills. According the Kanchana, riding bikes helped them to spread awareness and also bust gender stereotypes. “Various women organisations have invited us to organise bike rallies in their towns and spread awareness,” she stated. The team has been invited by Odanadi Seva Samsthe, an NGO which works for destitute women to participate in the Women Achievers Rally (WAR) scheduled on September 17. The rally will start from JSS Arts, Commerce and Science college junction on Mysuru – Nanjangud Road and will culminate at JK Grounds. Odanadi head KV Stanley said that the event is being organised to celebrate women’s empowerment in various fields. During the occasion, tribal midwife Masthamma will be felicitated, he said.