A 23-year old woman in India was recently a victim of a gang rape murder which took place on public transportation. This highlights the extreme danger women face in India and has shed light on a small service in New Delhi called Cabs for Women by Women.
There are seven cabs that are driven by eight women and they only pick up other women. One of the drivers, Shanti Sharma said their service has spiked since the rape in December, “After this case, our work load has increased so much,” she says. “Women who used other cab services are also turning to us now.”
While safety for women is one of the main goals, this project was a joint effort, with Azad Foundation, which helps urban women from poor and marginalized communities.
“Azad foundation wanted to provide non-gender typical livelihood options to be able to allow these women to earn at par with the men,” says Janardhan. “They wanted to put women in charge of technologies. They wanted to open up boundaries for women. And they wanted to ensure these women end up as well rounded professionals and people who are aware of their rights.”
Although being one of a handful of female cab drivers in New Delhi can get lonely, Sharma is very happy by her career decision.
“When I’m on the road driving our cab I feel very proud, because this is a cab service for women, and I’m a woman,” she says. “Our work is supporting the women of Delhi. We’re giving them safety.”
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