Hitting the road

India’s female cab drivers find confidence behind the wheel

A taxi driver and entrepreneur, Revathi Roy drives her taxi in Mumbai. (REUTERS/Arko Datta)

Women-only cab services in India are a win-win for the nation’s women who hope to avoid routine harassment – or worse – that can often come with public transportation and those who hope to build a career for themselves, according to Mashable. Services like Sakha, SheTaxi and Meru Eve, allow women the opportunity to challenge the male-dominated profession of taxi cab driving, an effort boosted by Ola Cabs and Uber, who have vowed to create 50,000 jobs for women by 2020 in a partnership with UN Women after coming under harsh criticism for the behavior of their male drivers, some of whom have assaulted women. Non-profits like the Azad Foundation have offered six-month commercial driving courses for women and other training in self-defiance, customer service and traffic rules are available.

Maya Devi, a driver for Uber, said she was attracted to the profession because she hoped to make enough money to properly educate her children. “A lot of girls come up to us to find out where we work and how they can find similar employment,” Devi said to Mashable. “Many women riders also tell me that they are proud of my work and that their daughters will be safe with us.”

Read the full story at Mashable.

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