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Email insights: Uber partners with UN Women to create one million jobs

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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.


Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Executive Director, UN Women

Travis Kalanick

CEO, Uber

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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