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Ride-hailing apps ease women’s entry into transport sector

Women drivers reported a higher income boost than men after taking up ride-hailing work. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Women drivers reported a higher income boost than men after taking up ride-hailing work. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Ride-hailing apps are easing women’s entry into the transport industry and boosting their incomes, a new report by a World Bank affiliate shows.

The report by International Finance Corporation (IFC) also shows how the apps enable women to travel, providing them with mobility and a greater sense of independence.

IFC chief operating officer Stephanie von Friedeburg said in a statement the findings have significant implications for firms across the sharing economy which desires to include, improve retain and serve women.

“IFC calls upon companies in this space to gather and analyse gender-specific data, design platforms to better meet women’s needs, and develop best practices to reduce the economic disparities between women and men,” said Ms von Friedeburg.

The report explored how women and men participate in ride-hailing across six diverse economies, surveying more than 11,000 female and male users of the Uber app, and interviewing experts on gender and transportation.

Women drivers reported a higher income boost than men after taking up ride-hailing work.

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