Meet Afghanistan’s First Female Taxi Driver, Sara Bahayi


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Sara Bahayi interviewed with the Afghanistan Wish on her important contribution to the community by encouraging women to get out of the house in order to become independent. “For how long should women depend on men’s income, taking the men’s orders?” she asked. “I want them to be independent, to do something for themselves.”

Ashton Bruce, Staff Writer

In a country adverse to the rights of women, Sara Bahayi, a thirty-eight-year-old single woman, defies the odds by not only earning money for herself and her family but doing so in a way that inspires local woman and angers local men: driving a taxi cab.

Women in America tend to have a better standard of living just based on the social justices that they face every day—certainly not perfect, but it does not compare to Afghanistan’s injustices of arranged marriage, lack of education for women, and the general abuse that women feel due to being considered second-class citizens. In a place where women are forbidden to drive by husbands, male strangers, and the general population, Bahayi destroys the idea that a woman cannot work for herself. Working in a business dominated by conservative men, Bahayi has faced threats, prejudice, and condescension for making her own money and being independent of a man. She says that if she were to have a husband, she would not be able to work for herself. “That’s why I am single,” Bahayi said in Sudarsan Raghavan’s Washington Post article. Sara Bahayi is considered a role model to the women of her village, encouraging young women to be independent of their husbands and to stop relying on men.

Bahayi has more than just her own personal ambition that drives her to be a successful woman by earning her own money. Along with her beekeeping, she drives a taxi cab—a job that pays about ten to twenty dollars a day—in order to support herself, her sister, and her seven nephews and nieces. Since her sister has a husband who works, the sister herself stays home in order to care for the children while Bahayi drives the taxi cab to support them.

The few women who maintain power and wealth in the Afghanistan government, while are revolutionary in their own way, tend not to relate to the poor women who are chained to their home with no other choice than to stay there. Sara Bahayi, having no husband, no children, and only ambition, has become a role model for young girls and growing women into the ideals that they can work for themselves. Bahayi is a defender of women, a worker for the poor, and a revolutionary among injustice.