- The federal government has announced 20,000 bikes for female government employees under the Women on Wheels project, aiming to empower women and provide independent mobility.
- The initiative seeks to distribute 22,000 motorcycles to women from various backgrounds, breaking gender barriers in transportation.
- The National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) will oversee the project, promoting road safety awareness and providing job opportunities. Distribution will occur between August and November this year.
Good news for female government employees as the federal government has announced 20,000 bikes for the employees under the Women on Wheels project.
The scheme aims at distributing 22,000 motorcycles to women from all corners of the country as part of the Women on Wheels initiative led by the Prime Minister, the female employees that will benefit from this are, polio workers, businesswomen, health workers, teachers and students.
With majority of transport modes driven by males in the country, this initiative by the Women on Wheels Project is ground-breaking and is going to change lives, giving woment the opportunity to have a place on the streets. Having a bike will empower women and make them independent regardless of what role they play in the society. It is important to have a ratio of female motorcyclists in a country where men are seen dominating the roads.
As per the directives of the government, the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) will oversee the implementation of this initiative. The commission has released the following statement:
“We are so excited for entrusting with Women on Wheels-project worth Rs4476.17 million under the PM’s initiatives. This project will increase ease of mobility for women and empower them economically and socially.”
It is reported that this year a total of 160,000 scooters will be given to female employees with permanent positions with monthly instalments ranging from Rs2,500 to Rs3,000, depending on their employment status. The distribution of these scooters is scheduled to be completed between August and November of this year.
An official from the NCSW stated:
“The initiative is not just to enable women to ride bikes, but is also creating general awareness on road safety and regulations. More importantly, it includes empowering women financially by providing jobs such as delivery service providers through partnerships with private sector companies. We will also provide bikes to those women hailing from the less-privileged strata of society who want to ride bikes but are not able to buy them. Interestingly, the record shows that very small number of women car drivers was issued traffic tickets last year as they rarely commit any traffic violations.”
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