Kerala’s ‘She-Taxi’ bags Chief Minister’s innovation award

Thursday, Feb 4, 2016,13:41 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | Kerala’s all-women taxi cab service ‘She-Taxi’, touted as the country’s first 24×7 taxi network by women for women, has bagged the prestigious Chief Minister’s Award for Innovation in Public Policy 2014.

Owned and operated by women entrepreneurs, She-Taxi was selected for the recognition in the ‘developmental interventions’ category. The Gender Park, an autonomous institution under the state Social Justice Department, had launched the cab network two years ago with an aim to promote entrepreneurship, self-employment and security among women.

The She-Taxi initiative was selected for the honour considering it as a unique model and its possibility to replicate in other places. In a short span of time, the initiative has not only addressed the safety and security concerns of women travellers but also contributed to the socio-economic empowerment aspect of women in the state. Gender Park CEO Dr P T M Sunish and the She-Taxi representatives received the award from K Muraleedharan, MLA, at a function here yesterday.