A group of marginalised women from the twin cities will be trained as professional drivers under a project titled “Drivers of Change” funded by the USAID Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund.
The project, being implemented by a local organisation YES-ACTS, will also ensure placements in the formal job sector, said a press release issued by USAID on Wednesday.
YES-ACTS Chief Executive Officer Waseem Amer spoke about the aims and objectives of the project at a briefing organised at a local driving training centre on Wednesday.
The project aims to identify 100 women and impart expert driving skills to improve their household income through job placement as professional drivers.
YES-ACTS will be placing them at either the organisational or household level, with at least 70 per cent female drivers placed within the project life and remaining in the post-grant period.
This initiative will not only help empower the women economically, but also act as the forerunner in opening doors of male-dominated professions for women.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 23rd, 2014.