Driving Change: Partnering to End Gender-Based ViolenceWritten by
At Uber, we know that gender-based violence remains far too common in society, with 1 in 3 women experiencing violence globally. We believe it is vital for everyone– industry, governments, and civil society– to be part of the solution. That’s why, for the past five years, Uber has partnered with advocates and experts to help improve safety in our industry and in our communities through our Driving Change initiative. Driving Change provides funding to organizations working to prevent, address, and respond to gender-based violence in the US and around the world.
As we come to the end of 2022, we are proud to highlight some of this year’s advocate partners who have helped guide Uber’s safety journey and inspired new, innovative safety features, survivor support programs, and education for riders, drivers and customer support agents. They have also been critical to the publication of Uber’s US Safety Reports, the first released in 2019 and the second in 2022. We are incredibly grateful for the work these experts and advocates do everyday in our communities, and we are thankful for their guidance and support.
At Uber, we embed safety into everything we do. In the coming year, we will continue to partner with leading experts and advocates to integrate survivor-centered and trauma-informed approaches into our policies, products, and prevention and response work. And we will continue to invest in helping end gender-based violence on our platform and in the communities we serve.
US Driving Change Partners:
This year, our team in the US has had the privilege of partnering with and learning from:
Dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault by increasing awareness, inspiring action and fueling culture change, NO MORE has partnered with Uber to create and launch the #DontStandBy bystander intervention campaign to educate the nightlife community and encourage people to prevent sexual assault before it starts.
“Working with colleagues at Uber in different parts of the world has been exciting. Domestic and sexual violence are global issues. The team at UBER has been able to take these messages through its services and responses by supporting innovation from its driving change partners and creating new tools, like the transparency report.” Pamela Zaballa, CEO, NO MORE Foundation.
Ujima Inc., The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community
Ujima Inc. serves as a national, culturally-specific resource center to provide support to and be a voice for the Black Community in response to domestic, sexual, and community violence. Uber and Ujima have partnered on a special Sunrise Series of listening sessions on the transportation safety experiences of women in the Black community across modes of transportation.
The Tahirih Justice Center is a national, nonprofit organization that serves immigrant survivors fleeing gender-based violence. By amplifying the experiences of survivors in communities, courts, and Congress, Tahirih’s mission is to create a world in which all people share equal rights and live in safety and with dignity. Uber and Tahirih are partnering to bring rides to survivors in need of transportation.
RALIANCE partners with a wide range of organizations to improve their cultures and create environments free from sexual harassment, misconduct and abuse. RALIANCE helps leaders establish safe workplaces and strong communities by advancing research, influencing policy, and supporting innovative programs.
“RALIANCE is proud to be a Driving Change partner and to continue to help guide Uber’s safety efforts to prevent, measure, and respond to sexual violence. Uber’s support will allow us to continue our work, in helping leaders make lasting changes that create safer workplace communities.” Yolanda Edrington, Managing Director, RALIANCE
Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN)
As the nation’s largest sexual violence prevention organization, RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline. Uber has partnered with RAINN to develop sexual assault and misconduct education for drivers and to administer the Uber Survivor Resources Hotline and Fund.
Rise is a civil rights accelerator that has trained hundreds of rape survivors how to pen their own civil rights into existence. Rise launched “Survivor Safe Haven” which creates safe havens at local restaurants and businesses to give survivors with no place to go access to resources.
me too. International serves as a convener, thought leader, and organizer across the mainstream and the grassroots to address systems that allow for the proliferation of sexual violence, specifically in Black, queer, trans, disabled, and all communities of color.
“Survivors deserve to feel safe in all spaces. We are grateful for Uber’s diligent and responsive work to make their services safer for all. Their Driving Change support strengthens our trauma-informed programming to meet survivors where they are so they can take healing into their own hands and be moved to take action by disrupting the social and cultural norms that have allowed for the proliferation of rape culture.” – Amanda Bonilla, Development Manager, me too. International
National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)
As a leading voice for domestic violence victims and their advocates and Uber’s very first national partner to address women’s safety, NNEDV provides critical thought leadership on the intersecting needs of survivors and works with its membership of the 56 state and US territorial coalitions against domestic violence, local domestic violence programs and other organizations serving survivors, government agencies, and corporate and foundation partners to make meaningful and lasting change.
Driving Change Globally:
As a global company, our teams around the world are privileged to have worked with and learned from organizations across the globe, including:
- Latin America
- Instituto Igarapé (Brazil)
- Instituto Patricia Galvão (Brazil)
- Instituto Avon (Brazil)
- MeToo (Brazil)
- Fórum Brasileiro de Segurança Pública (Brazil)
- ACTO (Mexico)
- Fondo Semillas (Mexico)
- Más Sueños AC (México)
- Red Nacional de Refugios (Mexico)
- Fundación Origen (México)
- Sin Trata (Mexico)
- UK SAYS NO MORE (United Kingdom)
- Hestia (United Kingdom)
- Collectif Féministe contre le Viol (France)
- Handsaway (France)
- SOS homophobie (France)
- Stop Harcèlement de Rue (France)
- Australia & New Zealand
- WESNET (Australia)
- TOAH-NNEST (New Zealand)