Indonesia’s capital is seeing a growing number of transportation services catering exclusively to women, offering better security and comfort. Yiming Woo reports.
‘Ladyjek’: Indonesia’s women-only motorbike taxis
Jakarta resident Uki Pratiwi is calling for an ‘ojek’, or motorbike taxi, using an app called ‘Ladyjek’.
The drivers and customers are exclusively women.
Pratiwi says it’s much better than getting on board a packed bus.
(SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) “LADYJEK” USER, UKI PRATIWI, SAYING:
“In other public transportation such as public minivans, there are too many men in such a tight space, which makes me feel very uncomfortable. However, I feel safe if it’s Ladyjek because the bikers are also women.”
The company is part of a growing number of transport services in Jakarta that caters only to women.
Its chief executive, Brian Mulyadi, says business has taken off just four months after it started.
(SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF “LADYJEK”, BRIAN MULYADI, SAYING:
“Women need to feel safe, comfortable and practical when they use public transport. The other online motorbike taxi services are very convenient but there’s no service to take care of the safety and comfort of women. That’s why I created Ladyjek. I want all female bikers and users to feel comfortable and safe.”
Last June, a woman was raped in a public minivan, sparking uproar in Jakarta.
Safety is a priority for many women in the city of 10 million, and some train services have even begun offering female-only coaches.