Bhubaneswar, March 8 (LocalWire): Marking the International Women’s Day on Friday, an NGO here has launched the “Women on Wheels” programme to train women to become cab drivers.
Centre for Youth and Social Development (CYSD) and Azad Foundation will jointly run the programme.
A total of 35 women and transgenders have signed up for the 10-month training, which will help them with spoken English, self-defence, grooming, first-aid and communication, besides driving.
Jagadananada, co-founder of CYSD said, “This empowerment drive is going to be a game-changer for women as they are going to be self-employed and self-dependant.”
“The project has been a success in Delhi, Kolkata and Jaipur. Now, its Bhubaneswar’s turn,” he added.
Bhubaneswar Police Commissioner Satyajit Mohanty said, “The police will help them all along. They will get ID cards, registration and police helpline numbers for safety, which is our main responsibility.”
Mohanty has also flagged off a test ride for the course participants as part of the inaugural event.
The meeting was also attended by Bijay Kumar Patnaik, ex-Odisha chief secretary, Bijay Kumar Sahoo, DCP (traffic), Sarojini Brahma, gender specialist, Lalila Mishal, Member, NAWO, and Bisakha Bhanja, regional manager of Water Aid India East office.