This is part of Uber’s Driving Change initiative, a global commitment to support and partner with leading sexual assault and domestic violence organizations around the world. In 2017, Uber pledged $5 million to support sexual violence prevention programs, starting in the United States. This week, the initiatives has expanded to include Canadian partners, starting with a awareness raising video in partnership with No More.
Addressing gender-based violence is a key public policy priority for YWCA Canada and this partnership builds on our long-term policy advocacy and public education. We are committed to facilitating systemic change through engaging with civil society organizations, institutions, corporations and the broader public.
“We all have a role to play to create a world free from violence. Through these partnerships across Canada, we will develop resources, provide education and engage in public policy dialogue to drive awareness and prevention of gender-based violence throughout Canada.” – Maya Roy, CEO, YWCA Canada
We look forward to sharing our expertise with Uber to create a safer experience for passengers, drivers and the broader public, through educational tools and materials for drivers and riders. We are also encouraged to work with other civil society organizations such as Women Abuse Council of Toronto (WomenACT) and Toronto Rape Crisis Centre / Multicultural Women Against Rape (TRCC/MWAR) to deepen our impact and broaden our reach.
“Sexual assault and gender-based violence don’t belong anywhere in our communities. Helping keep people safe is a huge responsibility and one we do not take lightly. We are committed to learning from experts like YWCA Canada on how we can do more to prevent violence against women and to help keep people safe” – Morva Rohani, Public Policy, Uber Canada
Together, we have the opportunity to reach millions of people across Canada to raise awareness, prevent gender-based violence and promote safety within the rideshare community and throughout Canada.
YWCA Canada also calls on the public and the government to take bolder action on addressing gender-based violence, such as: