We now have a good news for all the Careem admirers. Careem, the taxi hailing service has now taken the initiative of women drivers in Pakistan, Yes ! Isn’t that great?
Careem which has now a larger market than its rival taxi hailing service i.e Uber, covers as many as 32 cities in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan region.
Careem’s Pakistan General Manager Ahmed Usman said that they want to give women the same opportunities and the same chance that men have of leveraging our platform to generate healthy income. According to Usman more then seven women drivers had qualified to join the Service and the applications were still open.
Zahra Ali, 30, heard about Careem from a friend and felt that it would be a respectable way to support her two children, after the death of her husband. She only had enough money to buy a car and got her driving license this year.
Women are strong:
Careem has Global service of 90,000plus drivers and over 4 million registered users Via mobile app.
In a populated like Karachi, having Careem’s largest markets, demand for secure taxis is particularly strong among women, Usman said that if an organization is offering security for women, naturally that is very important, especially in a city like Karachi where no work can be done in the absence of proper security.
A woman said that she had worked long hours at a beauty salon for most of her life and now that her two daughters were settled in jobs, she wanted work that allowed her flexibility. When she was asked about the challenges of being a woman driver in Pakistan she said that when people start accepting something, when our public realize that women can do a certain job and are doing it in a commendable manner, then according to her it will not be very difficult.
Uptill now around 500 women are killed in Pakistan every year. Whether its due to honor killing, fraternizing with men or any other infraction against conservative values.
Ali from Lahore said that one must face problems bravely, Women are not weak; it is our society which portrays them as weak. One cannot move forward with fear.