Motorcycle taxis, or “ojeks”, are a popular form of public transportation in Indonesia. Ojeks are typically men, which has caused problems for a couple of reasons. For one thing, conservative Muslim women will not ride a motorbike with a man unless he is a relative because they believe that Islam forbids this. The other reason is safety. There have been reports of attacks on women by ojeks.
As a result, several female only motorbike taxis, inspired by Uber, have begun. Ojek Syari, or “Ojesy” is a service that only employs Muslim women who wear headscarves. The service began in Surabaya and has spread to other major cities on Java. LadyJek and Sister-Ojek are similar services. These services are more expensive than others, but insist they have better security measures. LadyJeks are equipped with a loud alarm that is activated if they are attacked or feel threatened. Ojesy and Sister-Jek only operate during daylight hours.
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Praise God for safer taxi services for women that are now available! Pray for workers to use these taxi services as a unique opportunity to share the gospel.