‘A place that is supposed to be a safe haven has also become a place of threat,’ Aisha Addo says.
A Toronto woman launching Canada’s first ride-sharing Uber-like service exclusively for women has added her voice to the growing outrage over a sexual assault verdict in Halifax.
Aisha Addo, founder of DriveHer, said the case is an example of the horror stories she’s heard from women over the years.
While she’s heard stories about sexual assault, she’s heard many more about general harassment, lewd comments and prying personal questions asked by cab drivers.
The industry is dominated by men and many women find themselves hailing a ride alone at night after they’ve had a few drinks, Addo added.
“I think it does put women in a vulnerable position,” she said.
She sees her service — rolling out soon in the Peel region and in Toronto after that — as an alternative in a situation where there are few alternatives.
The TTC does offer a late-night service that lets people feeling vulnerable request a drop-off between stops. But Addo said there needs to be more options.
Aisha Addo has a long history of working to make the world a better place for women. Although a graduate in Business Administration Accounting, her true passion and dedication lie in ensuring girls around the world are provided with the guidance and resources that help them identify their true purpose and calling to reach their full potential. She founded Power To Girls Foundation, a non-profit organization to offer young girls the mentors and role models that were absent during her own youth. As a facilitator and director of Power To Girls, she uses her personal experiences and knowledge to create safe and engaging spaces for the girls she works with. Aisha’s work has not gone unnoticed. She is the recipient of the Young Black and Gifted Award for Community Service. She was also named a Black Diversity Group Role Model and One of 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada. DriveHer, the ride-sharing service for women by women, is Aisha’s latest initiative and the next step in her journey to empowering and protecting women.