UN Women + Uber = Vision for Equality
In 1995, world leaders followed a call by the United Nations and gathered in Beijing to produce an unprecedented plan for advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women everywhere.
Today, on the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration, we are proud to share with The Uber Community that we are embarking on a new global partnership with UN Women with the goal of accelerating economic opportunity for women. As part of our commitment to this goal, Uber will create 1,000,000 jobs for women as drivers on the Uber platform by 2020.
Women across the DMV are already taking advantage of the safe, flexible and equitable earning opportunities offered by the Uber platform. Catherine, one of our top uberX partners, has experienced firsthand how Uber has given her the opportunity to be a successful businesswoman. Here’s her story.
What did you do before Uber?
I was in the mortgage banking industry for years, and six weeks after I started driving Uber, I walked into the office and said, “See you guys! I’m done.”
Why do you enjoy driving with Uber?
With Uber, I can wear what I want; I can work when I want; I can go online and offline whenever I want; I have no meetings. I trust Uber, I know it’s an extremely efficient company and I appreciate that in a partner.
What’s the best ride you’ve provided?
I’ve had so many great trips! Everyone has a story and is great to talk to. My all time favorite riders has been John Mather – the Noble Prize winner in Physics whose work contributed to the big-bang theory of the universe. It was amazing! Next to him, giving Beyonce’s producer a ride was also pretty cool.
If you could take an Uber trip with any famous person, who would it be and why?
Jack Nicholson! Without a doubt. I just love him! He has such a dark comedy and I feel like I could learn so much from him. You know the saying Si jeunesse savait, si vieillesse pouvait? Well it means, “If youth only knew; if old age only could.” I’ve always loved that and for some reason I just think that I could learn so much from someone older that has lived such a life like he has.
We’re excited to expand the Uber for Business platform beyond business travel, to include a world-class customer transportation solution, Uber Central. With Uber Central, organizations of all shapes and sizes can now easily provide on-demand, door-to-door transportation for their customers, clients, and guests.
A little over a year ago, we set out to put a new spin on an old classic–make reliable food delivery available at the tap of a button. Back then, we started by offering food in the UberEATS app from 1,000 pioneering restaurant partners in four cities. And today, more than 40,000 restaurants globally–from poke shops to pasta spots–are sharing food with customers through UberEATS. With a growing restaurant community comes more choices and more complexity. So we’re cooking up features to continue to make UberEATS easy and reliable. Here is a taste–
This flu season, we’re delivering free flu-fighting care packages across the country. When you receive a pack, you’ll have the option to request a free flu shot from a registered nurse–for up to 5 people.