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Women Motorbike Taxi Drivers Gain Ground In Rwanda

There is this saying that what men can do women can even do better. This is what is happening in Rwanda where a project employing women to drive electric-powered motorcycle taxis is being launched in the capital city, Kigali.

Male drivers currently dominate the sector in that country.

The first group of 120 women have just finished three months’ training on riding as well as maintaining the new bikes.

The project both challenges people’s perception of women and is hoping to improve the environment.

Ornella Uwobasa, who trained the women, says they want “to change the mentality” to show that women can do the job.

“We want to see women on the roads, and everyone to know that women can work on the road,” she tells the BBC.

The project, jointly owned by the city authorities and a private company, is aimed at employing poor women who are given the motorbikes for free.

The city’s vice-mayor, Martine Urujeni, said the project will cut carbon emissions and reduce unemployment.

“We focused on vulnerable women like single mothers – divorced and widows – because we want to improve their lives.”

Around 35,000 motorbike taxis are registered in Kigali but most are operated by men.

Rwanda encourages the use of electric motor vehicles but their numbers are still low, with only 150 registered so far this year.

Source: BBC

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