Female delivery driver says she disguises herself as a man at night to keep herself safe
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A delivery driver has revealed she dresses up as a man because she's 'scared' being on the streets alone at night.
The world may have developed enough to see the acceleration of AI technology and we may now even be able to fly to space, but women are still unable to walk on the streets alone when it's dark - unable to feel safe.
It's been just over a year since Sarah Everard was abducted, raped and murdered by a police officer when trying to walk home. Sabrina Nessa was murdered not long after on her way to meet a friend and since then, the violence against women has continued.
Delivery driver Tia, aged 20, from Montreal, Canada, has revealed she's forced to 'dress up as a man' when working because she's 'scared to deliver orders at night alone' when more visibly identifiable as a woman.
Tia started her job in 2022 and delivers food on the side of being a university student.
In a video uploaded to her TikTok - @tiazakher - shows followers what she wears when she goes to work.
Her outfit consists of long dark trousers, trainers, a black oversized jacket, a hooded jumper, cap and face mask too.
The caption reads: "Male privilege."
Tia told UNILAD it's the 'more secluded' and 'isolated' areas which make her feel particularly unsafe, but she works at night because more people order food in the evening and so she 'makes more money'.
She subsequently decided to dress up as a man while delivering orders to 'feel more safe' - it 'less likely for someone to bother her' opposed to if she wore her typical day-to-day clothes.
And she's noticed the difference.
People have flooded to the comments in a mixture of outrage and sorrow that Tia has to dress as a man to feel safe doing her job and going out at night.
One TikTok user said: "Respect the hustle. Stay safe."
"We all trying to be safe. Wishing you all the best.," another added.
A third said: "I had a woman Uber eats deliver me pizza at night and it warmed my heart and also saddened my heart that her husband was with her and helping her."
"Me walking to getting groceries at night," a fourth added.
And a final simply resolved: "Its so sad we have to go through this as women."