Azad Empowering Women To Drive For Dignity

Women empowerment becomes the need of the country when low-paid, devalued work and inhuman working conditions reflect true facets of woman labors. The burden to feed the family, especially woman from unprivileged background migrates along with family for labor jobs like construction, agriculture, caretaker, etc.

The true facets of woman labors in India

Construction involves tremendous manpower and constitutes a major source of employment in India. 50% of the female workforce is employed in this sector.
Women workers in construction, do 17 hours of work in a day that includes 10 km walk and lifting 3000 kg of weight.
Women tend to perform low-end jobs at construction sites including digging, lifting and carrying heavy materials like brick, cement sand, etc. They are absent in skillful works like carpentry, masonry, and plumbing.

Key Findings*

In India, Total 1.5 crore female workforces in construction that constitute 50% as per WEIGO.
In Ahmedabad, 75000 female workforces in construction out of which 80% are migrant from states like Gujarat, Rajasthan, M.P, and Chattisgarh.

Restriction to most menial, strenuous and low-end jobs

The work includes low end and less paid jobs include digging lifting and carrying. They are deprived of basic facilities at construction sites like no toilet, drinking water, or cooking.
Their health is at risk as they are forced to work even they are ill. They don’t get time for proper childcare. They feel unsafe at the construction sites.

Azad Empowering Women To Drive For Dignity

 

Azad Empowering Women To Drive For Dignity
These working conditions strenuous increases the rate of harassment and adverse impact on their health. The persistence of gender inequality, women are limited to education as well as a low skilled job.
There’s a need for a way out to give a dignified life to women, especially those from the unprivileged background.
Azad Empowering Women To Drive For Dignity
Azad Foundation has shown women that they can break stereotypes and earn a livelihood with dignity. They equip women with knowledge and skills so that they can be socially and economically powered.
Azad Empowering Women To Drive For Dignity
Their “Women’s on Wheels” is a successful flagship programme that trains women to become professional drivers and helps them to achieve financial independence.  They trained women about self-defense, women’s rights, personal grooming, skilled in driving to make them self sufficient and live with dignity.
Azad Empowering Women To Drive For Dignity
Their Sakha Cabs employee these women as a chauffeur. This boosts their morale and drives towards dignity, independent with self-respect.  This initiative has enabled more than 1600 underprivileged women to be employed as a chauffeur in the transport industry.
They have successfully provided safe rides to more than a million women. This also includes DTC’s first woman driver, UN’s first woman driver among others.

Let’s Hear The Voice of Change

Azad Empowering Women To Drive For Dignity

Lata Rathore do stitching at home before joining Azad women’s on wheel initiative. This give a better future and she learn to say no to domestic violence.
Joytsna Sardar never looked back after joining the Azad foundation. This give her financial independence and learn to respect herself.
Zeenat 22yrs family doesn’t supported by her father, later because of her mother illnesses she started being a chauffeur. Her family supported later when they come yo know about support system like 24hrs helpline, self defence to ensure her safety.
Azad Foundation is a Delhi based charitable trust incorporated in 2008 that skilled women leading to dignified livelihood especially from poor communities.
They empower women to get themselves employed and increase participation in public life.
Initiatives like Women on Wheels and Sakha Cabs definitely helps to fill the gap for gender equality in a long term basis. Women get a new world of opportunities with high-return livelihood and dignified life in society.
*As per Aajeevika Bureau’s Study.
Picture courtesy Azad Foundation.

Dr Bushra

Gynaecologist by profession~~Food ,Health,lifestyle,Freelance Blogger~~social media influencer~~writer at heart~~Email for collaboration

11 thoughts on “Azad Empowering Women To Drive For Dignity

  • March 29, 2019 at 7:46 pm
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    This is a wonderful way to empower women. .creating employment opportunities for women is a great initiative. .this will definetly help many of them

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  • March 30, 2019 at 2:08 pm
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    A detailed and well defined post on women empowerment. It is time to break the stereotype ruling and give a life of equality for all women

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  • March 30, 2019 at 3:54 pm
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    This is a wonderful initiative for the entire society , inspires us all to take these small steps towards uplifting each other

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  • March 30, 2019 at 4:29 pm
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    wonderful work by azad foundation. I hearty appreciate there work & thanks bushra for letting me know about it. I was not aware about it.

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  • March 30, 2019 at 6:18 pm
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    Just read about this initiative elsewhere as well and I am so glad to have come across this ngo. I am sure gonna be promoting them as much as I can in anyway possible.

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  • March 30, 2019 at 8:02 pm
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    A difficult situation to manage .But Azad foundation is showing the way indeed..Women on wheels is fantastic way to skill women drivers

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  • March 30, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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    Women on wheels and sakha cabs are really great initiatives empowering women and reduce the gap in gender inequality Bushra. Thanks for sharing these.

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  • March 30, 2019 at 10:41 pm
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    Azad foundation is indeed doing a great job. Empowering women is very important and thid initiative is impressive

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  • March 30, 2019 at 11:08 pm
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    Happy to know that there is someone who actually think and care about women. Azad foundation is doing a great job by empowering women.

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  • March 30, 2019 at 11:25 pm
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    This initiative is amazing for women to support them to earn and live life with their own rules.

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  • March 31, 2019 at 1:37 am
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    Driving is a definitely a must better and safer job than being a construction worker and other such job! Really impressed with the concept and idea of Azad foundation!

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