‘Pink taxis’ promise Egyptian women comfy rides without fear of sexual harassment

12/06/2015 (Anadolu Agency – Turkey): Dina, a housewife who lives in Cairo, says she often shies away from taking public transportation – or taxis driven by men – to avoid potential sexual harassment. But a new cab service catering exclusively to female passengers is making the mother of two young children excited. The ‘ pink taxi,’ expected to hit the streets of Cairo soon, will provide transportation services forwomen by women. “This is a brilliant idea,” she said. “The pink taxis will help me go out without fear, especially since my husband isn’t always available to drive me.”According to a UN report issued in 2013, 99.3 percent of women in Egypt say they have been subject to sexual harassment. The same report found that 91.5 percent had experienced “unwelcome physical contact.”Advocates of the idea say the taxis will help shield women against possible harassment and sexual assault. Critics, however, say the new service will reinforce gender segregation in Egyptian society.“The idea emerged after numerous women demanded women-only cabs,” Amira Amir, the mastermind behind the project, said…





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