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For Women, by Women Taxis

This idea is to start a "collaborative laboratory" in India, where organisations learn to start up their own “by women for women” taxi companies employing low-income women. [Summary by the Amplify Team]

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Our idea is a Women’s Global Transport Collaboratory (a Collaborative Laboratory) for start-up cab and chauffeur hire companies by women and for women. It tackles the problem of gender discrimination, lack of opportunities for livelihoods with dignity for resource poor, unsafe conditions for women travelers and as a result decreased mobility. It addresses the problem by providing access to income while increasing safety and mobility for passengers, creating new models that expand opportunities for women in the transport industry, and challenging gender stereotypes.

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We will bring the experience that Azad and Sakha have acquired in three Indian cities to women and girls in eight more cities. The Collaboratory will bring together individuals and organizations that can spearhead ventures with angel investors, human rights champions, transport specialists and others; a cohort of women and men who are literally and figuratively driving safety in some of the most dangerous cities for women and girls.

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For this information, consult the Day in the Life of Shanti document we have uploaded.

We did not complete an experience map since there is ample detail about the experiences and aspirations of the drivers on Azad/Sakha's websites and Facebook page. (see: https://www.facebook.com/azadfoundationindia)

Additionally, the most recent Azad/Sakha annual report contains illustrative testimonies and examples of the impact that this initiative has already had on the drivers, chauffeurs and their families/communities. (See: https://docs.com/15CMW)

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The sight of women driving taxis, trains or trucks continues to fascinate us because it remains so unusual. That has been the experience of the 70+ women who are drivers in Delhi, India for Sakha Cabs. The courageous and creative Sakha drivers are proving that women can earn income while increasing safety and mobility for their passengers, creating new models that expand opportunities for women in the transport industry, and challenging gender stereotypes.

Responses to the questions posed in the comments section for Refinement:

Q. What is the demand like for this type of service? 

A. The demand from women for jobs as drivers and from passengers for women drivers – taxi drivers and chauffeurs – is growing. Azad/Sakha has undertaken feasibility studies for Jaipur, Kolkata and Noida which show that there is a significant interest and opportunity to increase safety, to generate jobs and to advance women’s rights. As an example, the feasibility study for Jaipur – showing the kinds of data that can be assembled for other cities – is attached.

The experience of Azad/Sakha in Delhi over the past 3 years has demonstrated that there is greater demand for women taxi drivers and chauffeurs than there is supply. Sakha is operating at full capacity. 


Q. Have you already done some research to gauge interest or identify potential partners? 

A. Azad has explored potential partnerships, for instance, in Jaipur. The link to the feasibility study, above, shows the kinds of partners that would be pursued in other cities. These include transport unions, women’s organizations, municipal authorities and others. The positive reception that Sakha has received from all of these sectors in Delhi and Jaipur is an indication of the growing interest that we fully expect in other Indian cities. 


Q. What would make an organisation a good candidate for the Collaboratory? 

A. We will invite organizations that have:
-A shared commitment to advancing women’s human rights and safety;
-A commitment to pursuing entrepreneurial and empowering strategies that are potentially profitable for poor families and that also challenge stereotypical images of women (e.g., non-traditional employment)
-An existing program for women drivers or credible plans to start one AND investors with an interest in supporting these types of enterprises AND organizations that currently support transport-related initiatives that is interested in expanding options for poor women
-An interest in experimentation and collective learning and impact


Q. What would be your first step in launching this Collaboratory? 

A. The first step would be to undertake documentation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for operating a Women on Wheels initiative that trains women taxi cab drivers and chauffeurs. The SOPs will be in Hindi first and then in other languages, and will include both written, visual and multi-media components. This would be drawn from the Azad/Sakha so we have a ‘workable model documented. The SOPs would make it possible for a much larger group of potential programs in other cities to replicate the Sakha experience. The SOPs would be a ‘living’ document, revised as we gain greater experience through the Learning Journey and the Collaboratory process.


Q. How will the work on this project be shared between Gender at Work and the Azad Foundation? 

A. Azad will lead the initiative and will bring the substantive experience and content on growing a social enterprise in the field of non-traditional employment for women. Azad will also lead in choosing additional cities in India for expansion. The two organizations will collaborate closely in designing the Collaboratory, its participants and learning process. Gender at Work will support Azad in facilitating and documenting the Collaboratory, as well as in identifying possible partners from other countries in South Asia and beyond.  Will recruit a full-time coordinator who will sit in Azad…

Q. How will you choose target cities for expansion? 

A. Two criteria are particularly important. One is the result of feasibility studies for running this kind of enterprise. We already know some of the basic criteria: the cities have to be large enough to demand transport services that involve autos, taxis etc.; a significant female clientele must exist. The second criteria is availability of a partner who is capable of adapting the model to the local context.

Q. Will the Azad Academy training be remote or would you be looking to have new and potential partners attend a live training in Delhi? How would this work?

A. Three levels of training need to take place: 
1. Training of trainers who can train drivers and others associated with the transport initiative
2. Training of drivers (the existing curriculum includes 14 modules for drivers) 
3. Training of business leaders and partners in operating the business

The initial training of trainers and training of business leaders will take place in Delhi. However, our intention is to develop basic modules on driving, gender, human rights, etc. that, ultimately, could be part of an online library of learning instruments. We will also explore uses of webinars, skype and other remote technology to support training and knowledge/experience sharing across locations.
 

Explain your idea in one sentence.

Sakha Cabs for Women, the Azad Foundation and Gender at Work are teaming up to start a Women’s Global Transport Collaboratory (a Collaborative Laboratory), for start-up taxi-cab companies by women and for women. We will increase safety for passengers, income for women drivers, and challenge gender stereotypes.

What is the need you are trying to solve?

#1 - SAFETY: Data from around the world demonstrate that transport in cities is often risky for women and girls, but could also become an engine of safety and security. 82% of women in Delhi said that buses are unsafe because of male harassers. Putting women – especially women with training in self-defense, self-confidence, rights and other areas -- into more drivers’ seats increases safety for their passengers and for transportation in general. Putting the taxi cab drivers and chauffeurs in touch with each other within and across cities and countries will also increase their knowledge about their rights and safety.

#2 - MOBILITY: In many countries, women have limited mobility or they are denied mobility as a way of keeping them submissive. This initiative will enable women to have safe alternatives, inspiring families and the women themselves to have confidence about venturing into public spaces for work, for health, and for leisure, enabling women to break their own glass ceilings.

#3 – INCOME & OPPORTUNITY: This initiative will expand income-earning options for resource-poor women in urban areas by catalyzing companies and training programs to bring women into the transport industry (specifically, taxis or mini-buses for women driven by women to start). It builds on the Sakha model of self-care for drivers, with opportunities for young women to learn and expand their voice and visibility, to link up with women’s rights networks and organizations, and to assist them to identify more options in their lives.

#4 - CHALLENGING GENDER NORMS/DISCRIMINATION: More women in the driver’s seat have symbolic and literal value for challenging gender norms. This initiative aims to break gender segregation in the transport industry, creating equity and opportunity for all. It will inspire, as it did recently for British MP Beeban Kidron who used Sakha cars when she visited India and was so appreciative of the experience that she decided to raise funds to donate a car to the Sakha fleet.

#5 - SCALE THROUGH KNOWLEDGE-SHARING: Tested models – like those of Sakha Cab – have the potential to inspire opportunity in many more locations. We will map existing transport-by/for-women initiatives in India and Asia and gather good practices (including what works to engage women in non-traditional employment). And we will pilot an Azad Academy, developing and offering training packages and training of trainers for start-up’s, including opportunities for exchange visits between women drivers from different cities.

Who will benefit from this idea and how would you monitor its success?

Low-income women and girls living in urban areas will be the main actors: As drivers, they will benefit through expanded opportunities for training (in multiple skills, from self-defense and women’s rights to safe driving and self-care) and income earning through driving. As passengers, women and their families will benefit from affordable and safe transport options that expand their mobility.

Individuals, NGOs and companies at the front lines of starting taxis-for-women enterprises will become part of our Learning Journey. This initiative will help those who are considering start-up’s to collectively build a knowledge and experience base to draw on.

Who would be best equipped to implement this idea in the real world? You? Your organisation? Another organisation or entity?

Sakha Cabs/ Azad Foundation and Gender at Work will form the starting nucleus of this initiative.

The Azad Foundation has 6 years of experience in running Women on Wheels in three cities in India (Delhi since 2008, Haryana since 2012, and Jaipur since 2013), offering resource-poor women the opportunity to become professional chauffeurs/drivers. Women receive 6 to 10 months of training (including apprenticeships) in driving skills, self-defense, women’s human rights, communication and self-caring skills and English language classes. Since 2008, in partnership with local NGOs and CBOs, Azad has reached out to 200,000 women and families in in 23 neighborhoods in slums and has supported 2,500 women to acquire identification papers and 200 women to secure a permanent drivers license.

Sakha Consulting Wing provides opportunities for the women trained by Azad to gain employment through a car and chauffer hire service provider. Its mission is to provide safer travel for women and children. With a fleet of 13 taxis, a national profile, and rapidly growing demand, it has secured employment for 72 women as chauffeurs as of Jan. 2014.

Gender at Work has 11 years of experience in supporting organizations and networks to identify and challenge the deep structures and social norms that hold gender inequality in place. Gender at Work has consulted with nearly 100 organizations in the past 10 years, from labor unions in South Africa to private foundations in the U.S. and Europe. Most recently, for instance, the organization supported a four-year program that enabled Dalit women to secure management jobs and new norms in the Indian National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA). Gender at Work will activate its global network to identify partners in Asia, Africa and worldwide.

As the initiative moves forward, we envision involving additional partners, including women’s angel investing networks, travel agencies, transport and infrastructure specialists, transport manufacturers, policy-makers, the entertainment/fashion industry and others.

Where should this idea be implemented?

The hub for this effort will be in Delhi, India for two reasons: a) Both Sakha and Gender at Work have bases there; b) Delhi is widely known as one of the five most dangerous cities for women. Using Delhi as a base and a laboratory, our aim is to develop partnerships in four Indian cities (possibly Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune or Goa), two other Asian cities (possibly Dhaka and Jakarta), one city in Africa (Nairobi or Johannesburg) and one in North America.

Our initial focus will be in India, branching out to other Asian cities and then to Africa and North America. Initial research has revealed women-for-women transport initiatives in about 15 countries (China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, UAE, U.K. and U.S.). The models are very diverse, including private sector, government and NGO/women’s rights initiatives. These initiatives will be part of our mapping work – and possibly our Learning Journey -- as will other innovative efforts focused on women and transport in urban areas.

How might you prototype this idea and test some of the assumptions behind it?

Sakha Cab/Azad Foundation is the prototype that we will build on. Our first steps will be to develop the mapping of what exists in India and Asia, convene potential partners to map out the Learning Journey, and seed action as a Collaboratory. Our assumptions are that many elements of Sakha’s holistic and rights-based model will be relevant in other cities in India and Asia, as well as in large cities in countries of the global North and the South. Gender at Work will support Sakha/Azad to create a rich Learning Journey that tests these assumptions and feeds into the growth of a Women’s Transport Collaboratory that increases agency, safety, new norms, and profitability for women and girls around the globe.

Evaluation results

26 evaluations so far

1. Does this idea have the potential to impact the lives of low-income women and girls living in urban areas?

Yes, the idea clearly targets low-income women and girls living in urban areas. - 100%

The idea targets women and girls but isn’t necessarily focused on those living in low-income urban areas. - 0%

The idea targets people living in low-income urban areas but doesn’t seem to benefit women and girls specifically. - 0%

2. Does this idea describe a set of next steps and a timeline to accomplish them?

The idea clearly outlines next steps, the resources and team needed to execute them and a timeline to accomplish this. - 88.5%

The idea gives a broad explanation of what it hopes to accomplish but there is no clear timeline or activities to reach its desired goal. - 11.5%

The idea has not clearly articulated what the next steps are. - 0%

3. How feasible would it be to implement a pilot of this idea in the next 12-18 months?

Very feasible – the next steps described in the contribution seem achievable in this time period. - 92.3%

A pilot appears feasible but more work needs to be done to figure out how it would be executed. - 7.7%

The idea is not ready to be piloted yet – the concept needs several more months of user feedback and prototyping to be ready for a pilot. - 0%

4. Does this idea bring a new and fresh approach to the city or region in which it’s set?

Yes, this idea appears to be new and innovative! I’m not aware of other ideas in this city or region that address this need using a similar approach. - 92.3%

There are other initiatives doing similar work in this area – but this idea targets a new group or has an updated approach. - 7.7%

I can think of many initiatives addressing the same need using a similar approach in the same region. - 0%

5. How scalable is this idea across regions and cultures?

This is an idea that could help women and girls in many different cities. I can see it being implemented across multiple regions and cultures. - 92%

Maybe but I’d imagine it would need very significant changes. - 4%

The idea is really only suited for one specific region / population. - 4%

6. Overall, how do you feel about this concept?

I love this idea! - 96.2%

I liked it but preferred others. - 3.8%

It didn't get me so excited. - 0%

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Feedback on Sakha Cabs for Women from a cross section of customers.

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I myself has experienced the services provide by Sakha. They are excellent and well trained. I feel proud when see women/girs' confidence while driving.
Excellent idea.

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Well done on this very innovative idea to address an issue that is starting to slowly gain some worldwide attention following a number of horrific incidences of violence against women. Not only does this initiative provide safety to women in Delhi, it is also an opportunity to increase economic participation and challenge (and one day change) existing gender attitudes. congrats on making the shortlist and good luck!

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Thank you Glen. As you say, while the incidents of violence that receive media attention are often those that happen in public spaces and are extreme in nature. The truth is that violence against women is far more pervasive, in a very silent and insidious manner within our homes - very often not so extreme but with multiple and long term effects. every single effort against it counts. And thanks for adding your support to our effort.

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Wonderful idea. Would love to see this idea, which I've seen in action in Delhi, spread to many cities where women's safety is a concern, and there's a lack of opportunities for income opportunities

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Thanks Ray. Did you use one of our car hire services? Support from a user of one of our services is very special for us. A Collaboratory that we propose here is about taking this idea to other parts of the country and world. We hope that there would be many partners out there who would like to be part of this journey and together we could reach out to many more women in many more cities.

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Yes I did you use one of your care services, at least 4 times. I would gladly see this service spread to other areas in India and other countries.

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Sakha Cab is such a terrific idea and replicating it in other cities and even taking the concept beyond India will go a long way in changing perceptions as well as providing economic empowerment to women. Ideas like this need to be supported to the fullest extent possible.

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Thank you Vivek. We look forward to more suggestions from you as we continue to build our ideas for taking this forward to more cities.

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Many congratulations on being short-listed; hope you make it ad astra!

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Thank you Vivek... wouldn't have been possible without support from you and many others. Look forward to continued and critical support .

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Congratulations Azad for reaching this stage! My admiration for your initiative has grown manifold after I have experienced the results of the excellent training which is imparted to the girls. Not only are they good drivers, but they have confidence, compassion and courtesy …skills which separate the diamonds from the glass pieces.
Having seen my 88 year old parent use Sakha drivers and being totally satisfied, I cannot stop admiring this idea. It is a Win win situation from every angle. There is this vast population of working women, ageing senior citizens, special families and everyone else in-between who need trained drivers with the three Cs I have mentioned earlier. And there is this vast population of women needing a vocation, a profession and a calling in life.
With good training and with good systems, Azad can bring these two sections together and make a sea change all over the world. Yes, this initiative has to succeed.

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Thank you Mala for your wonderfully supportive words and for sharing with us the experience of your Dad. We hope that with support from people like you and all the others out there, we would be able to reach out to many more women, senior citizens and families with people with special needs through our women car and chauffeur hire service.

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This is, in my view, an important idea. Women, girls (and men) will see women doing something powerful and of service to others as they earn a living. It has a multiplier effect in terms of visibility, safety, stereotypes, and economics. We need more projects this innovative and collaborative.

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Thanks Dianne. We appreciate your insight and support. We also notice an inter-generational impact as women who are mothers, once they have been able to transform their perspectives and life conditions, the first thing that shifts in their mind is the life choices that they present to their children, particularly girl children.

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Economic opportunity is such an important aspect of women's safety. Congrats on making the shortlist!

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Absolutely Karolle. And when it gets integrated with social empowerment as well, it makes for one of the most status -quo disruptive ideas. Thank you for all the support as we move ahead with this idea.

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Congratulations on your detailed plan! I love how the women could be in charge, contribute and grow. It tackles so many important issues and it is such a collaborative idea for both women and men and and the whole community to work together and get rid of assumptions and stereotypes. Good luck in progressing to the development and realization stages!

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Thank you Kasia. Yes, getting rid of the stereotypes we all hold is one of the toughest aspects when confronting gender discrimination. Thanks for your wishes and we hope you would be able to experience Sakha services sometime soon.

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Gender and work,
Congratulations on making it to the 15 Shortlisted ideas. You have done an incredible job and we look forward to seeing this idea impact the lives of women and girls.

Great work!

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Would be great if you can fill out the additional section in the submission form: Show Us What Implementation Might Look Like. We're sure you've got further insights to share for this section, ahead of our Evaluation phase which starts in a couple of days.

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Thanks Meena. We have tried to do so. Any other last minute comments are as well very welcome!!

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SUPER IDEA - surely is taking women places! A crucial piece in this is to definitely find space to talk about women's sexual and reproductive health and discuss how new relationships are made and maintained. Issues of safer sex, consent and coercion must be added in this program, please, so that these young women are able to made more informed choices as well as responsible decisions. WAY TO GO, AZAD AND SAKHA!!

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Thank you Gunsharma! We completely agree with you. Information, awareness and knowledge about issues of safer sex, consent and coercion are very critical when working with young women. It has been our experience that once women are employed in remunerative jobs and have transformed their own selves given a new sense of confidence and ability that they acquire, challenges surrounding safe sexual relationships come up immediately. Especially given the fact that there families do not provide them with safe spaces to discuss such issues. We do have this as one of the modules in our learning processes. And we would love to connect with you on this for more ideas.

Thank you for your suggestion and encouragement!

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Please let me know if I can be of any help and use to you all. Such opportunities should not be allowed to slip by. You are doing tremendous work, I also know your cabs are so popular- seems like a bit of a statement to have been In a Sakha Cab. Kudos to each of you behind this Driving Force!!

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Thanks Gunsharma! Will surely follow up with you. Please drop an email at azadfoundation@gmail.com

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Interesting stuff! We'd love it if you might consider helping people better grasp how this idea could play out by describing some example scenarios which illustrate user journeys through some of the proposed activities you've outlined. Check this example: http://www.openideo.com/open/e-waste/concepting/neighbourhood-e-waste-champion/ where a few simple scenarios were created in an attempt to explain the goodness on the idea. (You can update your post at any time by hitting the Update Entry button up there on the right.) Through doing this we'll be able appreciate your idea through the lens of people in low-income communities.

We also hope you'll join in on discussion on others people's ideas here at OpenIDEO. Your perspectives would certainly enrich our conversations and collaboration...

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Thanks Meena. Good idea. We could link to some of the testimonies of the amazing Sakha drivers and how the experience has changed their lives. That is what we hope can become available to many more women...

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Hi Guys,

This model of promoting gender equality will surely go a long way in helping people appreciate the biases that women have to endure in their daily lives. However, it seems that the role of women in society is defined quite early in their childhood. Would it be possible to promote gender equality exercises in schools wherein children, irrespective of gender, are encouraged to participate in tasks that are traditionally segregated based on gender? Your thoughts?

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True Manash. The roles women and men play start manifesting themselves right from the time a child is born. It is very important to address issues of gender in schools. There are organisations that focus on that and continue to bring their energies to it. There are organisations that have tried to remodel basic gender roles in curriculum and in pedagogy adopted in schools. And yet, there is still space for more work to be done. You have a very valid suggestion. In a very respectable private school, one of our colleagues had gone to participate in a sports days. Little boys were asked to dress up as soldiers and run with toy guns. Little girls were asked to dress up and pick up buckets to fill up water. So you see, we as a society have miles to go before we sleep!! As an institutional effort, we think it better for us to focus on the livelihood terrain, so we do not end up spreading ourselves thin. Any suggestions from you as we refine our ideas would be very useful.

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Love this idea and also your rigor in pursuing it. I'd be curious to know more about the women's lives - both economically and emotionally - for those who drive, ride, or choose not to do either. For those who decide to drive, what is this an alternative to for them, and what makes it a more attractive opportunity? What about the women who choose not to participate? I'd also love to hear from women who ride in the cabs about their feelings of safety, and if there is any chance to extend this to women who normally wouldn't be able to afford cab rides. Is there some philanthropic role for those women, and would the cab drivers be interested/benefit in any way from it?

Thanks for all you are thinking about! I'd like to see this everywhere!
Best,
Micaela

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Hi Micaela. Thank you for your post and interest. well, a lot of women who come to us for learning to become professional drivers have either not been working outside their homes, or have been in jobs such as a part time domestic help, working as contractual labour in nearby factories, or on work contracted out by factories and done at home and paid on per piece basis. Most of this and similar work is hard labour and yet gets paid very little. All of it is done in informal sector, and is therefore without any privileges such as leave or any other entitlement and as well not safe. The women who come in and once they are trained and employed as chauffeurs, most of them become PRINCIPAL BREADWINNERS IN THEIR FAMILIES almost immediately with their entry level salaries. We are trying to upload a couple of videos which have stories of women who have been through this experience and how they have transformed their lives. Also you could look at the annual report link which contains some testimonies. Do visit our website www.azadfoundation.com and facebook page for more information.

Your idea about hearing from women who ride the cabs and have sued our services is great. We do have feedback forms and will upload a few as experiences of users of the service.

Finally, in terms of making this available for women who cannot afford cab drives. Absolutely! we couldn't agree with you more. Our next destination is actually introducing women into public transport, viz: buses as drivers. Once we have been able to break that glass ceiling, I think safe transport options would become available to many many women.

Thank you for your very stimulating comments!!

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Congratulations for getting into the next stage. Women on Wheels programme and Sakha are such great ideas.

Thank you for opening up this space and inviting us to ask questions. I would like to ask what do you think might be the biggest challenge in making the collaborative successfully established?

Good luck - hope you get shortlisted.

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Thank you Veronika. The biggest challenge I think would be to build a collective ownership and understanding towards the core non negotiables of the process required to help women prepare themselves as 'empowered' & 'professional' chauffeurs. Once that is in place, I think each participant to the collaborative would bring their own unique strength and make this journey ever more richer in experience and learning for all.

I think having a platform like this is great, to get ideas, encouragement and to share. We might consider keeping up this kind of discussion alive even after the IDEO challenge, through a blog or our facebook page or some such means.

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This sounds like such a fantastic project. It's so amazing that it breaks gender stereotypes and presumed boundaries by having women drive taxis while simultaneously creating a safer environment for women and girls. It seems like a program that could be implemented in many other locations as well.

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Thanks Anya. That is exactly what we aspire to do having first established the model in Delhi. We have currently 70 women chauffeurs working in different capacities. We are also trying to explore avenues such that they may get the opportunity to drive public buses as well. And we think it is a good time to take this idea to other cities and places, where we might find enthusiastic partners to further spread the concept around. Commercial and professional women drivers would not be such an exception a few years from now!! Thank you for your support.

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Congratulations on making it to the Women's Safety Challenge Refinement list! Our team is really enthusiastic about your proposal to build on the Azad Foundation's success launching transport social enterprises that empower women and promote safety in more places around the world. As you work to refine your idea in this next phase, consider the following questions: What is the demand like for this type of service? Have you already done some research to gauge interest or identify potential partners? What would make an organisation a good candidate for the Collaboratory? What would be your first step in launching this Collaboratory? How will the work on this project be shared between Gender at Work and the Azad Foundation? How will you choose target cities for expansion? Will the Azad Academy training be remote or would you be looking to have new and potential partners attend a live training in Delhi? How would this work? For more tips for this Refinement phase, check out http://ideo.pn/ws-refine-tips and catch our Tools for Refinement at http://openideo.com/content/tools-for-the-womens-safety-challenge-refinement-phase.

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Hi. Thanks to the IDEO team for all those thought provoking questions. We have posted some of our next step ideas and would love further feedback on you for the same.

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Great to see you've added these answers directly to your pos. Super helpful!

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Sakha Cabs helps me feel safer when in Delhi - both for our guests and for me personally.

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Thanks for that very encouraging feedback Gouthami. Its a heartening feedback for Azad and Sakha looks forward to serving you better and more in future.

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Amazing .
We can empower Saksha Cabs with our technology to achieve more safer journey. Please suggest your views http://www.openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/ideas/secureme-help-get-helped-smart-affordable-for-safety-security-instant-rescue

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Hello SocioApps we would be happy to talk to you and take it further.

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A much needed initiative to change mindsets and low incomes of the women in our country... love and luck to the team!

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This is a really inspiring project taking on the multiple barriers facing poor women in the slums and really enabling to change their lives completely. It responds to the many challenges and continues to create and develop approaches to support these women and extend the work

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It takes courageous women to make courageous women. A much needed effort to make us feel safer.

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Wonderful initiative to support not only the safety of local women in India, but solo female travellers that are exploring India for the first time as well. Incredibly innovative and turn-key and will be an incredible change for many in India.

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Excellent approach to scaling the impact Sakha has established through their services to date.

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As always, an innovative idea!

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Great idea and i love the concept of women cab drivers. It is not clear to me what the learning journey here is. Are you proposing to provide self defense training for women taxi drivers.? I know Sakha cabs are operative in some cities in India. It would be interesting to know more about how they have helped women, reduced violence and made a difference to women's safety?

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Dear Shruti, thank you for your interest. The Learning Journey is an initiative that will take teams of women drivers and support personnel to other destinations where women are also involved in non- traditional livelihoods. In turn women from different locations will be invited to our centers to engage with the women in training or in employment there. This will provide an opportunity to build a greater understanding of the common challenges faced and solutions found.
Sakha Cabs at present operate in Delhi and NCR. We plan to take our services to Jaipur and Kolkata in the coming year. Sakha Chauffeurs for Placements with women and families, organizations are already available in Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Jaipur.. The largest threat faced by women in public transport or even using drivers is from the driver himself. Using a cab driven by a woman or a car driven by a woman rules out that concern immediately It levels the playing field and allows women to work or just be out on the streets no matter what the time is. We at Sakha firmly believe that .women perceive threat in a public space at certain times as they become extremely male dominated spaces. The only way for women to feel safe is to have more and more women out there - particularly in public transport. This will have a ripple effect and in time women will not feel out numbered. As a first step to this Sakha has launched a professional service offering women drivers and Cabs for Women by Women.

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The idea is worth seeding in other soil and see how it grows.... The Azad-Sakha initiative has successfully showcased it in some states of India.