RightRides for Women’s Safety
Founded in 2004, RightRides for Women’s Safety (RRWS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating safer communities by mobilizing individuals against gender-based violence.
Its flagship, award-winning program is organizing volunteer teams to provide free, late-night rides home for women and LGBTQ individuals in order to reduce their risk of sexual assault or harassment. Currently available on Friday and Saturday nights across 45 NYC neighborhoods in four boroughs, the service is made possible by Zipcar, which donates the cars, and over 200 volunteers. In the fall of 2011, RRWS will reach an exciting milestone—providing its 5,000th safe ride home!
The RRWS motto is: Because Getting Home Safely Shouldn’t Be A Luxury. Among the 45 neighborhoods it works in are low-income areas with limited public transportation. Furthermore, studies show that women and LGBTQ individuals typically make up to 15 percent-less income than equally qualified male or heterosexual female counterparts—leaving them particularly reliant on public transportation, even when they may feel unsafe. Additionally, 40 percent of those utilizing the RightRides ride-home service are calling after shifts in nightlife and service industries, which often require late hours and offer limited pay.
RRWS is also the managing partner of New Yorkers for Safe Transit (NYFST). Focusing on education and policy advocacy, NYFST is the only coalition in NYC working to eliminate harassment and assaults, particularly gender- or discrimination-based, on public transportation.
For more information, including how to request a ride home or volunteer, please visit www.RightRides.org. For more information on NYFST, please visit www.NYFST.org.
Use the NYC Women’s Resource Network to find out more about this nonprofit, other nonprofits and governmental agencies throughout the city: