Meet Shabana who took driving lessons secretly to become a Cab driver
Have you seen a woman taxi driver anywhere in India? may be yes cuz nowadays you will see women drivers if you are really lucky. As per Shabana, the woman Taxi driver whom the Entrepreneur Varun Agarwal met in Mumbai, there are only 150 women Taxi drivers in Mumbai working for Uber.
“I got to ride with a lady uber driver in Mumbai today. Her name is Shabana and she’s been driving with Uber for a year. She secretly took driving lessons without telling her parents because she loved driving. When she decided to become an Uber driver her parents were shocked but she convinced them. When I asked her if there ever was a moment when she felt scared, she said “I have martial arts training and can beat up any guy if he tries to act funny. Men and women are equal and it’s upto us to lead by example”. Full respect to Shabana. You go, girl!!!” Varun Agarwal posted this message on Facebook on 11th July which till now has got 89,603 likes and 10,487 shares.
In an earlier article Quartz reported that “In the next five years, Uber wants to increase the number of women drivers in India to 50,000, and will put candidates through a four-month training programme.”
In next five years we will see more women cab drivers on the streets of India which will probably cut down the number of rape attempts by cab drivers in India. More and more women taking up these kind of jobs itself will speak for gender equality in Indian job market.
We salute Shabana for breaking the stereotypical mentality of Indian people regarding the cab driving profession and thank Vishal for making her voice heard.
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