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Uber teams up with anti-sexual harassment initiative in Egypt to train its drivers

Egyptian taxi driver Ines Hassan took part in an earlier anti-harassment initiative in Cairo - special cabs for females. (KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Uber has announced it will start collaborating with Harassmap, an Egyptian anti-sexual harassment initiative founded in 2010, to train its drivers in  how to “recognize, prevent and take positive action” against inappropriate behavior. The training, which will be compulsory for all the app’s drivers, will be particularly important for female drivers, according to Uber’s Cairo general manager, Anthony Khoury. “This partnership has been done as a response to the general education and training needed against sexual harassment here in Cairo,” he said. “Education is key, which is why this partnership – and the training that comes with it – is a crucial step in stopping sexual harassment.”

Harassmap’s communications manager, Alia Solaiman, hopes this will set an example for other companies. “Creating an environment of safe corporates where a culture against sexual harassment is in place helps a lot,” she told The Guardian. Harassmap, which has been a pioneer in addressing the issue, published a study in 2014 which found that at least 95 percent of women in Egypt had faced sexual harassment. Uber has faced increased scrutiny over the last couple of months, as several incidents of alleged sexual assault by Uber drivers in different countries have been reported.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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