Female bus drivers receive applause in eastern Turkey

People show great appreciation to five female bus drivers in the eastern province of Van which destroy the rigid understanding “woman cannot be drivers”.

The drivers employed by the Van Metropolitan Municipality’s Directorate of Public Transportation Services work in the inner city transportation line. The municipality has plans to increase number of the female drivers in line with demand of the public.

People expressed their surprise and happiness to see a woman driving the bus when they first get on the bus. One of the drivers, named Zeynep Yorgun stated that she likes her job a lot and they were able to remove the perception “women cannot be drivers”.

Another driver, Betul Bihter who is mother to three, said she always wanted to be a driver during her childhood. “I have been driving car for many years and now I work for our people. I am a professional drive like I am a professional mother” added Biter.

People expressed their content with the drivers saying they feel safe and comfortable during the journey.


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