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March 23, 2015

United Nations Women back out of ‘unsafe’ Uber partnership

Uber promised to create one million jobs for women as drivers on its platform.

By CBR Staff Writer

United Nations Women has backed out from a proposed partnership with Uber for the creation of one million jobs for women, due to pressure from non-governmental organisations and labour unions.

The partnership was announced on March 10, during the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration where Uber was a sponsor, where the company announced that it will create the jobs for women as drivers on the Uber platform.

According to reports, the union groups claimed that Uber driver’s jobs were low paying and also ‘insecure and unsafe’.

Forbes cited UN Women executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka as saying: "I want to assure that not only are we listening, we are aligned.

"And I also want to assure you that UN Women will not accept an offer to collaborate on job creation with Uber, so you can rest assured about that."

The company has raised around $6bn recently and is currently valued at $40bn.

The taxi alighting service is recently come under a lot of criticism over passenger security, following which the company introduced an S.O.S. button for users to call for police in case of an emergency in India and Boston.

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