UN women's agency backs out of partnership with Uber following protest by unions and NGOs

Associated Press

The U.N. women's agency has backed out of a partnership with the ride-sharing company Uber which had pledged to create jobs for 1 million women drivers by 2020 after a protest by trade unions and civil society groups.

Brigitta Paas, vice president of the International Transport Workers' Federation, said the unions and NGOs immediately rejected Uber's "idea of a million jobs that we knew were likely to be insecure, ill paid and potentially unsafe." They launched an online campaign and claimed credit for UNWomen pulling out of the partnership

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UNWomen and Uber announced the partnership March 10 during a U.N. meeting to assess progress toward equality for women 20 years after the landmark U.N. women's conference in Beijing.

Uber reiterated its commitment to jobs for women in a statement Monday.