In 2017, the world witnessed more than 12 million people in 24 hours find their voices and find each other through one viral hashtag: #MeToo. Seemingly overnight, families, celebrities, schools, and companies all over the globe began to grapple with the true magnitude of domestic and sexual violence, Uber included.
That same year Uber began a transformative journey centered on improving safety on their platform. By embarking on months of listening sessions with survivors and advocates, Uber began to understand how they could work to be a safer, more survivor-centered company, and how they could channel the scope of their platform to help prevent gender-based violence in communities.
This led to the launch of their Driving Change initiative, committing $5 million in grant funding over five years to support organizations working to prevent, address, and respond to gender-based violence in the US. Not only have Uber recommitted these funds every year since they’ve expanded Driving Change to every continent where Uber operates.
This year, in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Uber is announcing $2.6 million in funding for organizations working to end gender-based violence and advance women’s equity around the globe.
This year, Uber is not only proud to continue its longstanding partnerships with national anti-gender-based violence organizations, but also excited to announce four new Driving Change partners that are either survivor-led or providing culturally specific resources to communities in the US.
Survivors of color and those that are immigrants face additional barriers in seeking help through mainstream channels. That’s why Uber believes it’s critically important to support organizations that are responsive to survivors’ intersecting identities. Furthermore, Uber firmly believes that survivors should be at the forefront of guiding change in this area.
And because a lack of transportation can often stand in the way of a survivor’s safety and path to healing, this year Uber will also donate up to $200,000 to ten state domestic and sexual violence coalitions to provide free rides for survivors of violence.
Through these partnerships, Uber has been able to address women’s safety across the different facets of its business and beyond. Advocates and survivors have helped inspire dozens of new innovative safety features, survivor support programs, education for its riders, drivers and customer support agents, and Uber’s first-of-its-kind US Safety Report.
On the heels of a global pandemic, the #MeToo hashtag may no longer be on the front pages, however, the need to address gender-based violence has nevertheless intensified. And Uber is still working to play a role in ending it.