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‘Ride-hailing to boost female workforce’ – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Access to mobility could increase female workforce by over 6% by 2028 in India’s top five cities and with a ride-hailing boost to women, over half a million more women will join the workforce in these cities, a report showed on Thursday.
“We estimate that greater access to ride-hailing services, which make transport more inclusive for women, could boost the number of women in the workforces of Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai by between 3.7% and 6.5% by 2028, over and above the natural growth in the size of the population,” said a report by Oxford Economics commissioned by Uber.The report on ride hailing – A Platform For Women’s Economic Opportunity – was released by Union minister Smriti Irani at a CII session on ‘Women on the Move’.

The study draws from a survey conducted across five major cities – Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai – revealed insights into how ride-hailing has enabled women to overcome barriers to workforce entry, strike a balance between work and family, prioritise safety, and access a broader range of career opportunities.
Four out of 10 working women riders noted that ride-hailing played a crucial role in facilitating their entry into the workforce, while half of them emphasised its importance in achieving a work-family balance. Safety emerged as a top priority, with 75% of women citing it as a primary reason for using ride-hailing services. One in three working women riders acknowledged that ride-hailing expanded their access to a wider pool of suitable work opportunities, thereby broadening their career prospects. One in three working women riders agreed that ride-hailing enabled them to switch from part-time to full-time work.



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