Jordanian female taxi driver Nisrin Akoubeh poses for a photograph on December 6, 2016 in Amman. AFP / Khalil MAZRAAWI
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Nisrin Akoubeh checks the oil and water before getting into her taxi and pulling into Amman's heavy traffic for another day of shuttling fellow women across the Jordanian capital.Ghena al-Asmar, a 19-year-old student who often uses the service, said she feels safer riding the women-only cars.Around half a million women in Jordan have driving licences, about 20 percent of the country's total drivers, according to the national traffic department.Mohammad al-Ahmad, a 50-year-old civil servant, said that driving a taxi is not appropriate work for women.Eid Abu al-Haj, head of an investment group behind a company that runs the Pink Taxi service, says encouraging women to drive is a service to society.The concept has already been tried and tested in Cairo, another conservative city where women taxi drivers were previously unheard of.Home to 4 million people and 1.4 million vehicles including over 11,000 taxis, the city is prone to choking congestion.
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