Roshan Dilli - A Campaign To Light Up Public Spaces In Delhi And Make The City Safer For Women
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Meet Suganthi, A Woman Uber Driver Who Is Achieving Her Dreams By Driving A Cab Through The Streets Of Bengaluru

Meet Suganthi, A Woman Uber Driver Who Is Achieving Her Dreams By Driving A Cab Through The Streets Of Bengaluru
New Delhi: 

In a world where the boundaries between what different genders can do are gradually dissolving, meet a woman pioneer in Bengaluru. Suganthi is a driver partner with Uber - who is braving Bengaluru traffic from morning till 8 pm every day. It is a job that gives her a great sense of security. Suganthi told NDTV,

I have been working as an Uber driver for 10 months. I was running a business but I suffered losses and Uber was my next choice. My husband asked me - 'Will you drive an Uber?' He encouraged me to do this.

Like all professions, this too comes with its share of challenges. Not all passengers are the same - and not all those driving on the roads treat others with courtesy. Suganthi told NDTV,

All passengers are different - but we have to handle them all. Because of ego problems people keep trying to overtake or abuse me. From morning to night, there is always traffic in Bangalore. But I am facing it all because I want to achieve something in life. That is my dream

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Her family's support is hugely important to the mother of three.

I have three children - two boys and a little girl. They support my work so I have no tension. I have their encouragement. My older son does some cooking. He is also doing a part time job. He goes to college and helps to fetch the other children from school, she says.

This taxi driver sees the road ahead as challenging but rewarding - and it is something that she feels happy and safe doing, she recommends it for other women as well.

I would encourage other women to do jobs like this. If other ladies can also come forward and take up the challenge and say - we can do this, we are not less than men, she said.

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The job is making a big difference to the family in terms of financial security and she wants to continue on this road for years to come.

I earn 1800 to 2000 rupees a day, it is good. I want to achieve much more and will continue driving until then, she told NDTV, before getting back on the job to pick up her next customer.

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About The Campaign

NDTV in partnership with UBER is launching a sustained campaign 'Roshan Dilli'  to try and raise safety standards in India's capital, New Delhi.

Our focus is to try and improve lighting in public spaces in the city. Lighting is a key factor in shaping women's perceptions of safety

The initiative will provide a platform for all stakeholders to discuss our goal of improving safety standards, to start a conversation about safety of women in the country

It will also highlight various interventions and solutions that help to make women safe and put the spotlight on what more can be done.

The campaign will accentuate the need for Safety to be a shared responsibility

The need for gender sensitization and how law enforcement and civil society through checks and education can try and make women safer

We hope you will join us and help make New Delhi a safer city for women.