The ‘Pink Shuttle’ is the first and only service in Afghanistan run uniquely by female drivers for female passengers


Si è conclusa l’edizione 2020 del bando «BRAVE ACTIONS FOR A BETTER WORLD», volto a sostenere i progetti delle organizzazioni non profit che si sono mobilitate durante l’emergenza Covid-19. I vincitori sono Terre des Hommes Italia Onlus con il progetto “SpesaSospesa” e ItaliaHello con il progetto “Job Clinic Online”. Per maggiori informazioni clicca qui!


women direct beneficiaries


female indirect beneficiaries


shuttles donated by OTB Foundation


Nove Onlus is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2012 primarily focused on humanitarian assistance, education and socioeconomic development, supporting vulnerable people, especially women, children, and the disabled. Nove Onlus is currently working in Italy and Afghanistan and it has also implemented small projects in Syria (orphan emergency in eastern Aleppo), Greece (migrant crises) and Ethiopia (support to youth from the lepers’ ghetto in Addis Ababa). Nove Onlus’ Pink Shuttle aims at contributing to the solution of one of the major obstacles to women’s emancipation and empowerment in Afghanistan: free mobility. Through this service, Afghan women will be able to have access to basic rights, such as studying and working. In Afghanistan, it is socially acceptable for women to drive other women, but any innovation for and with women demands caution. In order to reduce women’s potential risks, Nove Onlus provides to the newly-trained drivers an experienced tutor for their first driving experience, also acquiring the preliminary permission by the Institutions, the traditional authorities, the families and the broader community. Apart from covering the initial costs (i.e., fuel, insurance, driver salaries), through its job & business advisory service, Nove Onlus sets up, along with its stakeholders, a sustainable management plan, aimed at developing this shuttle service and helping it to gain independence over the next two years

A crack in the wall of subjugation

The Pink Shuttle is a unique and innovative service for the women of Kabul. OTB Foundation has been the first to believe in it, although it’s been a while since Nove Onlus have been thinking about this kind of project. This would be the perfect professional outlet for some of the 195 women who were given a driving license between 2016 and 2018 through Nove’s Female Professional Training Center’s free of charge driving school. Thanks to OTB Foundation, Nove Onlus and Afghan women’s dream will come true. The overall expected number of direct beneficiaries is 104 women: 4 drivers and 100 regular users benefiting from the ‘Pink Shuttle’ service. The indirect beneficiaries are about 600 members of the direct beneficiaries’ families (7 members compose the average Afghan family size). The image of Afghan women running for the first time a shuttle service or driving a car acts as a catalyst, prompting many more to follow the example. The sense of empowerment that such initiatives spread across the traditional Afghan society represents a crack in the wall of subjugation that surrounds the vast majority of the female population

Afghanistan is “still the worst place in the world to be a woman” (TIME, Dec. 2017) – 83% of the female population is illiterate (UNESCO, 2017) and less than 16% constitute the labour force. In Afghanistan, one of the major obstacles to women’s emancipation presents itself in their difficult and restricted mobility, which significantly impairs their access to fundamental rights, such as to study and to work. Public transportation is almost non-existent. Walking along streets, exposes women to all sort of risks, including harassment. The majority of the women are forbidden to cycle or drive motorcycles, to take taxis or buses driven by men. They are also prevented from getting a driving license, due to the high course fees and to the restriction on attending gender-mixed classes