Uber Technologies Inc.

12/03/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/03/2021 14:21

Working Together to End Gender-Based Violence

Gender-based violence continues to be far too prevalent in our society with 1 in 3 women and girlsexperiencing physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. With the devastating effects of COVID-19 all around the world, women and those in marginalized communities are even more at risk.

I've seen firsthand the reverberating effects of gender-based violence on communities during my time working on federal gender and diversity initiatives in Canada. From my experience, the most effective way to make a difference is working together in a comprehensive, sustained way across government, business and the non-profit sectors to prevent, educate, and innovate.

Uber has taken its commitment to improve safety in our industry and in our communities seriously. We continue to work with expertsin safety and gender-based violence to refine our policies and processes so that we are a more survivor-centric company. We have pioneered a host of safety technologysolutions that drivers and riders can tap into when using Uber. And we have led the way in safety transparency by making our safety record public through our first-of-its-kind US Safety Report.

Last year, during the height of the pandemic, we partneredwith domestic violence organizations and local governments around the world to provide more than 50,000 free rides to shelters and safe spaces, and more than 45,000 free meals.

This year to mark the UN's 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence,our teams around the globe are continuing to develop partnerships and initiatives geared toward doing our part to help end gender-based violence in the communities we serve:

Australia & New Zealand


  • Deepened and expanded partnerships with YWCA Canada, WomanACT, EVA BCand Le Chaînonto support survivors of domestic and gender-based violence through initiatives related to training, community building, safe housing and counseling.


  • Launching a broad awareness campaignon gender-based violence and discrimination with riders as well as the wider general population in France.
  • Deploying mandatory video education for all active drivers developed with the help of NGO HandsAwayin France.


  • Continuing and expanding Gender Sensitization Education in partnership with the Manas Foundation to meet our goal of reaching 100,000 drivers by the end of 2021.
  • Partnered with NGO Breakthrough India for itsfirst-ever research reporton bystander behaviour and its role in making public spaces safer for Indian women.

Latin America

  • Launching public educational videos and content developed by MeToo Brazil and ACTO in Mexico to riders and drivers about gender-based violence. Educational podcasts created by Efecto Boomerangin El Salvador and with GenderLab in Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia are also being deployed.
  • Providing free rides for survivors of domestic violence and workers in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico in partnership with the Ministryof Women, Genders and Diversity of Argentina, Avon Institute, Mujeres 2000, and the National Shelter Network.
  • Developed enhanced training for customer support agents in Brazil in partnership with MeToo.
  • Partnering with Igarapé Institutein Brazil, Colombia and Mexico to maintain and update a platformwith data about violence against women: EVA.
  • Working with Fondo Semillas to support women-led organizations in Mexico including community soccer tournaments for survivors of gender-based violence.
  • Worked with MeToo Brazilto offer support services and counseling for survivors of gender based violence.
  • Supported avictimization surveyon violence against women conducted by the Brazilian Public Security Forumand a surveyon women's safety and commuting in cities with Patrícia Galvão Institute, Locomotiva Institute and UN Women consulting.

Middle East

  • Partnering with the KASHF Foundationin Pakistan, RESin Egypt, HarassMap International in the UAE, Qatar, Jordan, Bahrain and Lebanon, and Al Nahdain Saudi Arabia to develop and deploy education to riders and drivers about gender-based violence prevention.

South Africa

  • Expanding women's empowerment and safety education in partnership with UNFPAand deploying to riders and drivers.

United Kingdom

  • Deploying sexual misconduct education to drivers and riders using the Uber platform.
  • Launching aWomen's Safety social campaignthat amplifies organisations helping make movement safer for women, while raising awareness of Uber's safety features that help keep women safe on the platform.
  • Partnering with domestic abuse charity Hestiato cover trips to their refuges, in support of their Fresh Start Toolkit, which brings businesses together to provide potentially lifesaving support to victims. Also working with Home Safe to cover trips for those that need it.

United States

  • Provided free rides to domestic violence shelters and safe spaces for survivors of gender-based violence as part of Uber's Driving Change Program.
  • Developeda fund with that National Center for Transgender Equality for the trans community to help cover costs associated with updating names and gender on state and federal IDs and records.
  • Launched the Industry Sharing Safety Programwith Lyft to share account information related to drivers deactivated for serious safety incidents with peers.

To learn more, you can visit uber.com/safety/womens-safety.