Women Take Back Power With All Female Rideshare

Groped, asked for a kiss and requests for sex. These uncomfortable Uber experiences prompted an all female rideshare.

Lian Drinan, 24, and her two friends jumped into an Uber in Sydney’s CBD one Saturday night on their way to a bar.

Minutes later, porn was being projected onto the roof of the car by the driver.

“You just, you don't really feel safe because we felt so uncomfortable” Drinan said.

Kaylene Spires feels more comfortable using an all female rideshare service. Image: Taylor Denny

“He opened up the middle console of the car between the driver's and passenger's seat and there was some sort of projector there and it projected a scene from a porn or something onto the roof of the car while we were driving along."

Police started recording incidents taking place in Ubers and other ride sharing services in October last year.

Since then, 12 people have reported being assaulted, intimidated, stalked or harassed.

Jacinta Franich says she would be petrified driving for Uber. Image: Taylor Denny

Scenarios such as this are the reason Shebah, an all female ride sharing company launched last year in Australia and has since completed over 33,703 trips nationwide.

For female passengers, it means not having to worry about being harassed when they go out.

For female drivers, it’s a worry free way of picking up flexible work.

The service has 940 active drivers across Australia and is employing an additional 15 each week.

“Shebah exists so women can relax after a long shift, get home after a long night on the town, or pop the kids in the car with a trusted driver so they can head off and do what they need to do,” Shebah’s Customer and Driver Service Manager  Becca Shwenk said. 

The service is driven by women for women, with a few exceptions.

Fathers with babies, primary school aged boys and teens accompanied by a female guardian can also use the ride share service.