Uber aims for 1m women drivers by 2020
Taxi app company announces new partnership with UN Women
Cab hailing firm Uber, has announced its plan to create 1 million jobs for women as drivers on the by 2020.
As part of a new global partnership with UN Women, with the goal of accelerating economic opportunity for women, the company will invest in long-term programs in local communities, however there is no plan in place to support this in the UAE.
Jean Pierre Mondalek, UAE General Manager, Uber said: "As a technology company, we partner with licensed limousine companies and drivers in the UAE. Because we do not own cars or employ drivers, we can only work with the existing supply in the limo industry which happens to be all male. Of course, if a woman does get a job here as a licensed limousine driver, then we are very happy to partner with her!"
Women currently make up about 14% of Uber's 160,000 drivers in the USA but there are no confirmed figures for this globally.
"Uber does not require [minimum] hours, and it does not require a schedule," said Salle Yoo, Uber's general counsel, in an interview on Monday about why women might find working for Uber attractive. "It offers the chance to be entrepreneurial, the chance to balance work and family."
Women passengers won't yet have the ability to request women drivers, Yoo said. She stressed the app's safety features, including the notification of who a driver is, and the ability to share an estimated arrival time with others.
Uber screens drivers, including using background checks that vary from country to country, but it doesn't hire them as its employees but refers to them as Uber partners. It lets drivers use its smartphone-based app to connect them to passengers looking for a paid ride, and takes a cut of the fare.