We need to provide women with the environment and the skills to be empowered, to live a life of dignity, independence and self-worth. Women have the right to fulfil their immense potential and reach out for their dreams. Providing the chance of a rewarding career, whilst also challenging societal constraints on marginalised women will contribute to the individuals and wider community's progression.
Women face many challenges in Indian society. They lack the opportunity to fulfil their potential, especially in poorer communities, women are forced to take up low paid jobs and still provide for their family. The gender divide means that women are more at risk of bad health, wellbeing, and poor standards of living. Another issue affecting all classes is the threat of sexual violence. An 'atmosphere of insecurity' has developed in India and transport is difficult for women in the city.
Through this project, we aim to provide the required skills and training for marginalised women to become professional taxi drivers, which will address the primary need. We also highlight a further need for the project, being the requirement for a secure and reliable city transport service which is provided for women, by women. This project will provide skill development, and employment opportunities to underprivileged women, as well as security and independence to all involved.
The 500 targeted taxi driving women will have the opportunity to contribute to the income of their households, with an average Indian wage of Rs. 8000-12000/month. The empowerment embodied in this will provide far reaching benefits to the women's family as increased income to the household will enhance standard of living. Provision of a transport service for women, by women will reduce vulnerability of users, enabling women to integrate themselves into the wider workforce and society.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).