Rethinking ride-hailing for women drivers

Getting a ride from a woman driver is always a pleasant surprise. What we’re about to share however, is not as pleasant. In Singapore today, safety is still one of the concerns for women considering driving in ride-hailing. And it doesn’t just stop at safety concerns.

This industry is filled with barriers that hold women back, some of which include:

  • Cultural expectations around women’s caregiving duties
  • Lack of women representation in ride-hailing 
  • Stereotypes surrounding women’s driving capabilities

Do these barriers make driving an unsuitable profession for women? Unfortunately, yes. 

Can we change things? Fortunately, yes. As a company that aims to create economic empowerment for all, we’re taking steps to rethink ride-hailing for women in Singapore.

Introducing the new Grab Women Drivers’ Program, an initiative to make ride-hailing more suitable for women driver-partners. 


While women have made great strides in the workforce, there’s still so much that can be done to empower women. With this new programme, we aim to provide a more inclusive platform for women in Southeast Asia. #WomenWelcomeSG

Interested in joining us as a driver-partner? Find out more here.


Grab is testing this new feature to empower women driver-partners to opt-in if they would like to be matched with more women passengers. We aim to support the comfort and safety considerations that our women driver-partners may have with this new feature.


No, this feature is expected to not prolong wait times for women driver-partners or women passengers. If there are no women driver-partners or passengers in the vicinity, they will be paired with men driver-partners or passengers.

There is still a possibility that women driver-partners will be allocated to men passengers if there are no women passengers nearby. In the event that the women driver-partner feels unsafe, they may opt to cancel the ride.

This feature is available for all registered Grab women driver-partners. It will be rolled out in phases, do keep a lookout for our notification in the driver app. You can find this feature under your Profile settings > Preferences section. 

Grab is founded on the basis of making transport safer for everyone. This Women Passengers Preferred BETA feature is one of the many safety features available for our partners and users. 


Komsan Chiyadis

GrabFood delivery-partner, Thailand

Komsan Chiyadis

GrabFood delivery-partner, Thailand

COVID-19 has dealt an unprecedented blow to the tourism industry, affecting the livelihoods of millions of workers. One of them was Komsan, an assistant chef in a luxury hotel based in the Srinakarin area.

As the number of tourists at the hotel plunged, he decided to sign up as a GrabFood delivery-partner to earn an alternative income. Soon after, the hotel ceased operations.

Komsan has viewed this change through an optimistic lens, calling it the perfect opportunity for him to embark on a fresh journey after his previous job. Aside from GrabFood deliveries, he now also picks up GrabExpress jobs. It can get tiring, having to shuttle between different locations, but Komsan finds it exciting. And mostly, he’s glad to get his income back on track.