Uber Jobs For Women To Grow By 1 Million By 2020


Uber announced plans to create 1,000,000 jobs for women around the world in the next five years. The announcement comes on the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and a new partnership with United Nations Women.

The plea to bring women into the fold of equality was made by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 1995 as he implored countries to work towards “getting men to change their ‘mindsets’” by 2030.

Only 189 nations have stepped up for women’s equality in the last twenty years, which is a step in the right direction, but there need to be much bigger strides made if the goal of”50:50 by 2030” is to be achieved.

Ban said, “Removing the barriers that keep women and girls on the margins of economic, social, cultural and political life must be a top priority for us all – businesses, Governments, the United Nations and civil society.”

One of the places to start ramping up equality is in the workforce, which makes the partnership between Uber and UN Women so perfect. Together they can work to empower women from an economical standpoint and create much needed jobs around the world.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka posted a statement on the company’s blog on Tuesday to briefly shed some light on their intent. It read:

“Today, 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.

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.”

The addition of jobs specifically for women will be a huge step for the company as well as for equality. Women only account for 14% of the 160,000 Uber drivers in the United States, according to a 2015 report released by the company. It will be interesting to see how that number changes over the next five years and how to promise for increase jobs comes to fruition.

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