A pilot project has just been signed by the Embassy of Japan and UNOPS Country Office. The project will aim to develop women-only transport services in some of the districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The signing ceremony took place yesterday where high officials from the Planning Commission of Pakistan, Economic Affairs Division and Department of Transport K-P took part. UN representatives and agencies were also present.
The project will be implemented with the help of UNOPS Pakistan with help from K-P Transport Department and UN Women. The Government of Japan will be funding the project through 191 million JPY (US $1.79 million) for as long as the project is under development.
The Project is aimed to help women avoid harassment
Several cases of harassment are reported daily by women who use public transport in the region. The women-only buses will enable them to take public transport without the fear of harassment onboard.
The project will not only make them feel ‘safer’ it will also ensure they are comfortable throughout the journey which will help increase their productivity.
The pilot project will consist of 14 buses in 3 districts of K-P. These include Mardan, Abbottabad, and Peshawar.
The project will also be interlinked with the Mass Transit System being developed in Peshawar.