A Cape Town teen has launched an e-hailing service strictly for women.
The App-driven Women Go service is for women and is operated by women only.
The service launched in August and is only available in Cape Town for now.
Founder, Asiphe Mkhefa, 18, said she started the service in order to offer a more secure option to female passengers in response to gender-based violence.
The teen only hires female drivers with their own cars and they are all vetted.
She said she wanted to create a platform for women to travel without the fear that they might not make it home “in one piece.”
“I figured that I need to create a society where women can actually feel safe in their own taxi services that they won’t have any fear because I know from experience that when I get into a taxi full of men I get so scared,” said Mkhefa.
While some have welcomed the initiative, the teen and her family have been forced to seek refuge elsewhere due to threats by taxi bosses.
In the future, Asiphe plans to expand her services to other provinces.
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