In line with the national initiative announcing 2017 as the Year of Egyptian Women , Careem, the region’s leading app-based car booking service, continues to increase the number of female Captains who joined its growing fleet of 80,000 Captains across 14 Egyptian cities.
At Careem, we recognize the important role Egyptian women play and value their contribution to the development of the community and economy alike, said Ramy Kato, Managing Director of Careem Egypt. Supporting women and providing them with a reliable means of transportation and job opportunities has always been one of our main objectives. While the current number of female Captains is relatively small compared to our overall Captain fleet, we are proud of this growing initiative and our support and encouragement of women as they seek to build their own lives.
According to The Reality of Small and Medium Enterprises 2009-2015, a study by Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) issued in September 2016, Egyptian women are the heads of almost 18% of households. While women make up to 50 percent of the population, they constitute less than a quarter of the country’s labor force.
In light of the above statistics and as part of its continuous endeavors to change public perception of women employment, Careem has been steadily growing the number of female Captains in Egypt, creating more jobs for women across Egypt and providing them with a reliable means of income. Careem’s female Captains are not based in big cities such as Cairo and Alexandria only; Delta and Canal governorates also witnessed a growth in the number of female Captains.
To further promote gender equality in Egypt, male and female Captains who want to join Careem’s fleet have to fulfill the same criteria which includes holding a driver's license, a national ID number and submitting a criminal records’ certificate. With very flexible working hours, 24% of Captains work full time making an average of EGP 8,000 per month, while part timers make an average income of EGP 2,500 per month.
Careem provided me with a flexible source of income in addition to my current job and helped me better support my family, said Mrs. Omaima Abdel Maboud, a mother of two based in Tanta. My daughter and I are both Careem Captains and I was encouraged to join Careem based on her recommendation. Most of the customers were of great support to me and I call on all Egyptian women to find a job that suits their needs and schedule similar to the opportunity Careem offered me.
Egypt is just one example of Careem’s long journey to support women. In KSA, Careem has created many jobs for females in its women-only call center in the Kingdom. In addition and following King Salman’s decree allowing women to drive for the first time, Careem announced it plans to hire up to 100,000 female Captains in the Kingdom.