A Day In The Life Of A Female Taxi Driver In The Democratic Republic Of Congo

Publication: Bustle,

For women anywhere in the world, smashing the patriarchy is a brave and difficult task, but especially in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Yet, every day, Maguy Washilama wakes up, puts on a man’s suit and shoes to match, hops in the rickety taxi she owns with her partner, and does just that. Being a woman taxi driver in the DRC is rare. Suiting up in fancy men’s clothing on top of it is pretty unheard of. “It really makes me angry to hear that women shouldn’t be doing men’s work,” Maguy tells Bustle. “When I wear my jacket and get into the car, I forget I am a woman and go to work.”

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