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Uber Trains 50k Driver Partners on Gender Sensitisation

"The training helps clarify what encompasses sexual and street harassment and it is this understanding of the issue that has been crucial to the change in the treatment of women - as commuters and members of their own families," she said

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Photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (VOA)

Global ride-hailing major Uber in partnership with Manas Foundation —a Delhi based NGO, held gender sensitisation workshops for over 50,000 driver partners across eight cities this year, the company said on Monday.

Uber’s gender sensitisation workshops cover relevant topics like violence against women and its impact on them, gender and how gender roles are reinforced, the role of driver partners in addressing this issue, how to modify their professional behaviour to make women feel safer, legal implications and facilitating a social commitment to being a part of the solution.

These workshops are held in batches, daily, across Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Bengaluru and Chennai, consisting of an in-person module to driver partners facilitated by the NGO trainers.

“Our goal is to enable safe transportation for women, which in turn has a huge impact on the choices they make and the opportunities they can access,” said Pavan Vaish – Head of Central Operations, India and South Asia.

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Delivery men working with the food delivery apps Uber Eats and Swiggy wait to pick up an order outside a restaurant in Mumbai, India, Feb. 6, 2019. VOA

“We are very pleased that our gender sensitisation initiative has been very positively received by our driver partners who display their certificates with great pride inside their cars,” Vaish said.

In addition to continuing to develop technology that contributes to the safety of all those who use Uber’s app, it has been partnering with the Manas Foundation since last year to customise sessions for driver partners to ensure they’re more courteous and attentive to the needs of women riders.

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“We are very excited to scale up this distinctive programme with Uber to engage men in taking ownership of the safety of their women passengers,” said Monica Kumar, Co-Founder, Manas Foundation.

“The training helps clarify what encompasses sexual and street harassment and it is this understanding of the issue that has been crucial to the change in the treatment of women – as commuters and members of their own families,” she said. (IANS)

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Uber Receives 3,045 Cases of Sexual Assault in U.S. in Year 2018

"We are partnering with RAINN, the nation's largest sexual violence organisation, to design and implement this programme," Uber added

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Photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (VOA)

Ride-hailing giant Uber has released its first safety review which contains thousands of sexual assault reports. The company has also revealed the changes it was making to make rides safer for its passengers and drivers.

The two-year safety review contains almost 2,936 reports pertaining to sexual assault that Uber received in 2017 and 3,045 it received in 2018.

Notably, the cab aggregator categorises sexual assaults into five subcategories, which are non-consensual kissing of a non-sexual body part, non-consenual touching of a sexual body part, attempted non-consensual sexual penetration, non-consensual kissing of a sexual body part and non-consensual sexual penetration.

In the last sub category, which is rape, the cab hailing major received 229 reports of rape in 2017 and 235 reports of rape in 2018. Throughout 2017 and 2018, the reported incidents occurred on 0.00002% of trips, according to the company.

“Confronting sexual violence requires honesty, and it’s only by shining a light on these issues that we can begin to provide clarity on something that touches every corner of society,” Tony West, Uber’s Chief Legal Officer, said in the review.

“And, most importantly, by bringing hard data to bear, we can make every trip safer for drivers and riders alike.”

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The ride hailing major long been under fire for its safety practices.

In its response to making rides safer for its passengers, Uber mentioned developments like its “in-app safety button”.

“We’re rolling out new features that allow riders to verify their driver with a secure PIN code, send a text message directly to 911 operators, and report safety incidents to Uber even before their trip is over,” the company said.

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In 2020, the cab aggregator will expand sexual misconduct and assault education to all the US drivers.

“We are partnering with RAINN, the nation’s largest sexual violence organisation, to design and implement this programme,” Uber added. (IANS)