OTB FOUNDATION WAS AMONG THE FIRST TO BELIEVE IN PINK SHUTTLE, A UNIQUE AND INNOVATIVE SERVICE TO SUPPORT WOMEN EMPOWERMENT IN KABUL
The project, designed by Nove Onlus, consists of a free transport service for women: women driving shuttles that only carry women. Drivers are selected, trained and authorized by their families and the senior citizens’ council to be part of the project. A tutor supports them in the integration phase and the achievement of a driving diploma. Passengers are selected through agreements with the organizations in which they work or study, transfer times and precise routes are defined. The goal is to convert the service from an activity run by a non-profit organization to a real commercial service, managed directly by Afghan women.
The initiative aims to solve one of the greatest obstacles to the emancipation of women in Afghanistan: free mobility. In this country, women have great limits, they cannot ride a bike or a motorcycle, they cannot share a means of transportation with a man; the only socially acceptable solution is that they share it with other women.
Pink Shuttle allows women to reach places of work and study independently. It is an innovation and as such requires much caution in a country at war for 40 years, where dangers are many, especially for women engaged in non-traditional activities.