With MOWO, we wanted to work towards making our roads an equal space for women. As this article on UN-Habitat rightly states – “Creating safety involves much more than just responding to violence. It is important to create the conditions by which women are able to move about safely and without fear of violence or assault.”
MOWO is an effort towards creating this sense of safety for women in India. MOWO is a revolutionary initiative aimed at empowering women to be independent by offering them two and three-wheeler training and related livelihood opportunities. We train women in driving two and three-wheelers, liaise with organisations to create more employment opportunities for women in mobility and work on policy advocacy which will eventually lead to more women occupying our roads.
With more women trained in driving two and three-wheelers, we will see more women occupying our public spaces. We will also witness more women access employment opportunities beyond the limited options that are currently present. Our dream of social transformation of moving women which is a ripple right now will grow into a wave soon. We intend to change how women access public spaces.
As we just completed our first year, we reached many milestones collaborating with government colleges, self-help groups and logistic companies. Parallelly with a team of 4 full time and 4 part-time employees, we could empower more than 1200 girls/women through our outreach programs on the importance safe riding practices which will also aid for the overall safety of women, the one big battle we all are facing right now. With the limited facilities and bootstrapping funds, we trained more than 200 girls/women to ride two-wheelers.
It costs us Rs.3500/- per person to teach women to ride two wheelers over 2-4 weeks duration.We provide the vehicles, fuel and all other safety gear.
We look forward to train another 150 women from lower income groups by the end of 2020.
Your little contribution will not only empower these women but also add in a great factor of safety for women in public spaces.Kindly share it forward for a greater impact.