In a time of need and emergencies, the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (DCAS) has announced the launch of the very first women-only ambulance service vehicles.
The pink ambulance, the first of its kind in the UAE will operate between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m., specializing in emergency treatment for women, including maternity-related issues and deliveries. They will also respond to children under 12-years-old. The pink ambulance will be operated by trained female drivers and female medics only.
The specialized ambulance will be stationed at the Al Twar municipality center and will cover Deira. This service will be monitored for two months before expanding it in Bur Dubai.
“The evaluation of the pink ambulance vehicle will be based on the number of emergency cases dealt with in a particular area. We want to ensure that many residents will benefit from the service,” said Khalifa Bin Darai, executive director of DCAS.
A similar initiative was launched in Pakistan earlier this year: pink taxis, a women-only taxi service. These so-called pink taxis protect female customers from the sexual harassment they commonly face when travelling around the city of Karachi. This initiative was founded by Ambreen Sheikh and her husband Zahid as part of their ‘Paxi’- company. “Our pilots (drivers) wear a pink scarf and black coat as their uniform. They include housewives, young women and students,” Shaikh told the Reuters Thompson Foundation.
Women will be able to call the cab service by phone, a mobile app, SMS, or simply by hailing one in the street.
Ambreen added: “The ‘Pink Taxi’ service will be extended to the cities of Lahore and Islamabad in the next three to four months.
According to a study by the International Labor Organization, the majority of women in conservative Pakistan do not take part in the workforce due to lack of safe transportation being one of the main hindrances.
Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, minister of Transport in the Sindh province where Karachi is located, acknowledged that women faced hostility and harassment when using public transport.
“Having a mode of public transport catering to them alone can solve many of their transport issues,” he said on Pakistani television.
This will definitely ease the pain for women and their families. Hope such initiatives start soon in other countries too where women are deprived of going out due to lack of women’s safety.