New bus line speeds up education and work for Pakistani women

Peshawar, Pakistan

Pakistani student Mah Jabeen credits a new public bus system in her hometown with saving her from being stuck at her parents’ house doing chores, or even having to get married.

Thanks to the Bus Rapid Transit system in the northwestern city of Peshawar, Ms. Jabeen said she was able to pursue her master’s degree, keeping her dream of becoming a botanist alive.

“My parents had decided to put my education on hold…because they didn’t like me riding in the beat-up Mazda wagons,” Jabeen said, referring to the city’s private minibuses as she sat in a shiny BRT bus on her way to university. .

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