While Republicans in Congress seem to be really, really turned off by laws that would mandate equal pay for equal work and local governments seem too enamored with taxi companies to really work with ride share companies, Uber and UN Women are joining forces to help each other out.
On one hand, Uber is committing to creating 1,000,000 jobs for women across the world, on the other, UN Women is standing behind them, making them pretty hard not to like.
Who wants to be seen as anti-women these days, right?
In an email to users, Uber announced it is launching a partnership with the global women’s group toward “a shared vision of equality and women’s empowerment.”
Uber said “this important mission can only be accomplisehdd when all women have direct access to safe and equitable earning opportunities.”
The company invites users to join the conversation to “help ensure the UN Women’s mission of economic empowerment is heard” by clicking a link that shares the “vision for equality” on the user’s Facebook page.
Uber also tells recipients to stay tuned for more updates on the efforts.
Uber is a rideshare company that uses a smart phone app to connect customers with drivers. The app shows where a ride is with an estimate on when they’ll arrive. It also shows a picture and name of the driver and the type of vehicle they’re driving.
The Uber app charges a credit card on file so no cash ever changes hands. The fees are also often far less than what traditional taxi fares are.
Taxi companies are fighting against Uber, arguing the company doesn’t carry adequate insurance to provide ride-for-fee services and thus, isn’t safe for users.
UN Women is a United Nations organization that fights for gender equality, the elimination of discrimination against women and girls and women’s empowerment.
Here’s the entire email:
UN Women and Uber are launching a partnership to work together around the world toward a shared vision of equality and women’s empowerment.
We intend to invest in long-term programs in local communities where we live and work, as Uber commits to creating 1,000,000 jobs for women globally on the Uber platform by 2020.
Join the conversation and help ensure the UN Women’s mission of economic empowerment is heard.
This important mission can only be accomplished when all women have direct access to safe and equitable earning opportunities. We look forward to a partnership where UN Women and Uber will drive more access to these types of opportunities around the world.
Please stay tuned for updates on our efforts.
Executive Director, UN Women