While ride-hailing company Uber announced earlier this month that it would be teaming up with UN Women on a program that would create “1 million jobs for women on the Uber platform by 2020,” the UN women’s rights organization is now denying the partnership. Uber is no stranger to controversy, and has been criticized for being sexist and exploitative of workers, so they already felt like an uneasy fit for the UN’s leading women’s rights organization. As soon as the collaboration was announced, a coalition of global labor unions swiftly denounced it, stating that “the creation of 1 million precarious, informal jobs will not contribute to women’s economic empowerment and represents exactly the type of structural inequality within the labor market that the women’s movement has been fighting for decades.” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the UN Women’s executive director, then clarified that while the company had sponsored one of its events, there were no plans for any further partnerships. Looks like Uber ran a red light there.
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