Despite of being one of the most rapidly developing economies of the world, women in India face acute gender stereotyping and oppression, as well as physical and sexual violence. Driverben is a non traditional livelihood initiative for young women from marginalized communities that breaks patriarchal boundaries by providing skill training on driving to empower them to be economically independent for a dignified living.
To provide “livelihood with dignity” in jobs and open up markets in non traditional space for marginalized women folks.
Skill building of women by providing them training to strengthen their capabilities and adaptability as per market needs are as follows:
- Enhancing the technical driving skills
- Self defense training
- Legal awareness
- Training on communication skills
- Map reading and GPS
- English Speaking skills
Janvikas believes that when women are socially and economically empowered, they become catalysts of change – not just in their own lives, but also in their families and communities. The initiative follows a structured approach to ensure that more women join the initiative.
The impact of this training has helped young women to venture out of their homes and earn a “living with dignity”. About 42 women professional drivers are trained in this programme and they are earning an average amount of 8000 Rs. Per month. The initiative is planning to reach 300 more young women for supporting them seek a
non-traditional livelihood option.