Uber to empower 1m female driver-partners by 2020.
By Gina Emmanuel
Uber disclosed in Lagos that part of its global vision is to economically empower one million women across the world by 2020.
The transport app reiterated this while hosting a selection of female driver-partners, professionals and entrepreneurs in Lagos tagged: ‘Uber For Her’.
The event, held in conjunction with She Leads Africa (SLA), had over 100 women in attendance and showcased the myriad of opportunities available for women within the Uber ecosystem. SLA is an organization run by African women (for African women) dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs and their journey towards professional success through online content and offline programs.
Speaking, General Manager Uber West Africa, Lola Kassim said, “We have a global vision of upskilling and economically empowering one million women across the world by 2020.
“We know Nigerian women to be very industrious, focused and entrepreneurial, and luckily for us at Uber, we have a good number of them partnering with us as driver-partners. This event is essentially to allow other female attendees see the sort of economic opportunities they can benefit from if they use the Uber app.”
Explaining the rationale behind the event, Head of Policy West Africa for Uber said Jackie Omotalade said Uber is committed to promoting diversity and inclusiveness for the amazing women of West Africa.
“This event is an opportunity for us to continue to empower women and to show them the many ways they can thrive economically and be successful as individuals. If we are going to further develop the African continent, then it is imperative that we seriously focus on the task of upskilling our Nigerian women.”
The Uber For Her event had sessions facilitated by female Uber driver-partners, customer service and finance experts, and Tayo Oyegunle; Operations Manager, Uber Nigeria. Blessing Manuel Smallvoice, one of the female Uber driver-partners who facilitated a session on Winning the Customer Service Game:’ ‘Women can achieve anything they set their minds to achieve, they should never look down on themselves because of their gender. Partnering with a global brand like Uber helps me to understand how to build my own business better and ensure that I always provide my passengers with excellent customer experience.”