Women Beyond Boundaries expedition participants Nidhi Tiwari, Soumya Goyal and Rashmi Koppar welcomed in London by Vijay Goel of the Asian Business Association and Shuchita Sonalika of CII. Image by Lopa Patel.
Nidhi Tiwari, Rashmi Koppar and Soumya Goyal, the three pioneers behind the ‘Women Beyond Boundaries’ project completed an epic 23,000 kilometre road journey from India to London. On reaching the Capital, they were felicitated by Baroness Sandip Verma, Minister for International Development, Equalities and Women at the Department for International Development (DFID); Vijay Goel, Chairman of the Asian Business Association (ABA) and Shuchita Sonalika of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) who hosted a panel debate at the London Chamber of Commerce on Thursday 29th October 2015.
The trio, who left Delhi on 23rd July spoke about their 98-day adventure through 18 countries including flooded areas of Myanmar, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Finland, Latvia, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium, France and England, among others, in their refurbished Scorpio off road vehicle on loan to them by Mahindra First Choice. “This was an all woman road expedition to empower, enable and encourage people like us,” said project leader Nidhi Tiwari “along the way we learnt a lot about the communities, food and culture of different countries and were surprised at the level of female emancipation we found, including meeting the first horseback shepherdess in Kyrgyzstan”.