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Trucking for Equality: Empowering Female Drivers in Trucking’s Journey Toward Equity

At Baton Transport, we are proud to be working with local NGOs in India to empower women through our Trucking for Equality program.

One of our key partners is Azad Foundation, an organization that provides livelihoods with dignity for resource-poor women living in urban areas in India. Azad Foundation is driven by the vision of a world where all women, in particular women from underprivileged backgrounds, enjoy full citizenship, earn a livelihood with dignity, and generate wealth and value for all.

– Preeti Patel, female driver at Baton

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Through their Women on Wheels program, Azad Foundation empowers women with minimal economic and social capital to become professional drivers. They provide training and support to help qualified women drivers secure employment opportunities in partnership with Sakha Consulting Wings Private Limited, the for-profit sister organization of Azad Foundation. More than 400 women trained by Azad Foundation are currently practicing as professional drivers across the cities where they live and work.

At Trucking for Equality, we are working with Azad Foundation, Jan Vikas, Sakha and other local NGOs and social enterprises to extend this program to women who are interested in becoming international truck drivers. We believe that by helping women acquire non-traditional livelihoods with dignity, we are ultimately developing a cadre of empowered women who become agents of change. These women carry values of inclusion, mutual respect, and equality, and democratize the spaces in which they live, whether it’s their family or community.

Our cooperation with Azad Foundation and other local NGOs in India is a key part of our commitment to SDG 5 on Gender Equality. Through this program, we are not only providing women with new opportunities for employment and economic empowerment but also contributing to the goal of economic and social equality for women in India. We are proud to be part of this important work and look forward to continuing our partnership with Azad Foundation and other local NGOs in India