TOKYO -- The annual "White Ribbon Run" was held on March 7 here to support pregnant women and new mothers in developing countries ahead of International Women's Day on March 8, under the slogan "Let's run, for yourself, and for someone else."
Forty-nine people joined the charity run hosted by international nongovernmental organization JOICFP in Tokyo's Odaiba area, sporting matching black T-shirts featuring an African woman. They were divided into four groups to maintain social distance and ran the 5-kilometer route starting and finishing at Under Armour Brand House Ariake in the capital's Koto Ward.
According to JOIFP, approximately 800 women a day die around the world due to pregnancy or delivery complications as they are unable to receive necessary medical care. The group started the White Ribbon Run in 2016 to raise awareness and protect the lives and health of women worldwide. Part of the entry fees will be used for activities to support women in Zambia and Afghanistan.
The Tokyo event was part of a nationwide run held on March 6 and 7 in 28 locations, in which a total of some 3,000 people entered, including some who joined in online.
Tokyo event participant Ena Iwasawa, 27, of the capital's Shinagawa Ward, commented, "I don't enjoy running, but I thought I'd do it if it would benefit someone."
(Japanese original by Takehiko Onishi, Photo Group)