Accessibility links

Female Afghan Cabbie Urges Parents: 'Let Your Daughters Learn To Drive'

Sahra Bahayi says she is the first female taxi driver in Afghanistan. Though her claim is hard to prove, the teacher and driver in Mazar-e Sharif is among very few Afghan women who drive at all. Bahayi began driving a taxi to earn enough money to support her children after her husband died. She says that behind the wheel, she faces harassment from men on the street, receives threats, and hears accusations that her behavior is un-Islamic. But she confronts that pressure by encouraging other women to exercise their right to learn to drive -- and to seek other professions outside the home. (Produced by Mujeeburahman Habibzai, RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)