For companies like Safr, is it that the drivers or the riders that are women? ...or both?
The Guru Take
Actually, men can ride and drive for Safr, despite targeting female rider and drivers.
Safr provides a service focused on the safety and empowerment of women. While their service is intended to be use more by women, they do not require either the drivers or riders to be female. Anyone can sign up and use their service.
When you sign up with Safr, you specify your preference for the gender of the driver. You can change your preference within the app, as often as you like. Here is what it says on their website:
"Safr does not discriminate on the basis of gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation and/or any other characteristic protected by law and welcomes all drivers who believe in and support our mission of the safety and empowerment of women."
This open stance on gender may be based on past legal court cases. While many believe it is a good idea to have a service that promtoes safety for women and used by women only, it is deemed illegal to operate a business that only hires women and openly caters just to women. (What happened to Chariot for Women?)