Remember last week when Uber announced that it would be working with UN Women, an offshoot of the United Nation that works to promote gender equality across the globe, to employ more than a million women by the year 2020? Yeah, that’s already been shut down. The organization decided to end the collaboration due to Uber’s spotty track record with women’s safety.
Uber’s partnership with UN Women lasted little more than a week. Eight days after Uber allied with UN Women and made a bold promise to create 1 million jobs for women on its ride-hailing platform by 2020, the gender equality organization has abandoned the initiative, BuzzFeed News has confirmed. Responding to public outcry over Uber’s safety track record with female passengers and drivers, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka canceled the organization’s partnership with the company. “I want to assure you that not only are we listening, we are aligned,” Miambo-Ngcuka said in a speech. “And I also want to assure you that UN Women will not accept the offer to collaborate on job creation with Uber.”