Kiran Shehzadi (22), an intelligent and ambitious girl from Chakwal district, was forced to
leave school early as her father, a mason, didn’t earn enough to support the family. To make ends meet, Kiran became an agricultural labourer, like most other girls from rural areas. She worked seven days a week to supplement her meagre income. "I felt happy earning for my family to help them out of adversity, but I didn’t want to become a stereotype. We should all be able to choose the way we want to live," Kiran explains. Kiran made the decision to challenge society’s perception of women. She met with some like-minded professional women who encouraged her to register for the pink rickshaw scheme, a Plan International initiative designed to encourage young women to take up training and employment opportunities.
The vibrant pink rickshaws are enabling the women who use them to feel safer as they travel
through their city, as well as less restricted in where they go. The female drivers are gaining more confidence, more independence and claiming a new position on the road – a position that in Pakistan is usually dominated by men.
The launch of a female-only rickshaw taxi service in Punjab Chakwal in Pakistan aims to
provide women with a level of safety and security that is otherwise difficult to find, alongside an empowered sense of mobility, as they travel through the city. #safercities#girls#girlsrights#genderequality#charity#mondaymotivation#empower#empowerment#equality#freedom#women#GBV#violenceagainstwomen safety #mobility#cities#city#pakistan#biaag#becauseiamagirl#lostgirls#100millionreasons#programme#like#girlpower