“We estimate that greater access to ride-hailing services, which make transportation more inclusive for women, could increase the number of women in the workforce in Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai by between 3.7% and 6.5%. % by 2028, over and above the natural growth in population size,” said an Oxford Economics report commissioned by Uber. The report on ride-hailing – A Platform for Economic Opportunities for Women – was released by Union Minister Smriti Irani in a CII session on 'Women on the Move'.
The study is based on research conducted in five major cities – Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai – which revealed insights into how ride-hailing has enabled women to overcome barriers to entry into the workforce, find a balance between work and family and prioritize safety. and access a wider range of career opportunities.
Four in ten working women noted that the private transport service played a crucial role in facilitating their entry into the job market, while half of them emphasized its importance in achieving a balance between work and family. Safety emerged as a top priority, with 75% of women citing it as the main reason for using ride-sharing services. One in three working women recognizes that private transportation has expanded their access to a broader set of suitable job opportunities, thus broadening their career prospects. One in three working women agreed that the private transport service allowed them to move from part-time to full-time work.