Uber today celebrated the contribution of highly valued women driver partners on its platform, in the run up to International Women’s Day. Hosting an event to celebrate these women drivers, Uber also highlighted its various incentives to attract more women to join its platform to earn a respectable living while starting their entrepreneurial journey. Nishat Majumdar, the first Bangladeshi woman to conquer Mount Everest, graced the event as the guest of honour. Two of Uber’s highly valued female driver partners – Leuza Akter Kristy and Rabeya Roji Akter were also present as special guests.
Many women driver partners present at the event shared their personal experiences, highlighting how they overcame societal biases to drive on Uber platform and how it has transformed their lives. Uber is committed to encouraging more women drivers on its platform and offers lucrative incentives to attract more women drivers on its platform.
As part of this, Uber provides a joining bonus to any woman driver partner who onboards the platform to drive a car or a bike. Along with the joining bonus, referral bonus is also provided when a man or a woman driver partner invites a woman driver partner to join the platform. Referral bonus is paid to both referrer and referee. Additionally, a weekly cash bonus is paid to ensure women driver partners continue to earn a steady income. Over and above these incentives, a dedicated 24/7 helpline for female driver partners is also made available to ensure adequate hand holding support to women driver partners.
Appreciating these robust measures and incentives for women driver partners, Nishat Majumdar, renowned Bangladeshi mountaineer, said, “Women around the world face biases and discriminations, regardless of what they do. I know from my personal experience that whether deliberate or unconscious, these biases make it difficult for women to move ahead. Knowing that bias exists isn’t enough, action is needed to level the playing field. Being able to break out from the shackles and become a driver partner is a proactive step towards breaking such biases. My salute to all the female driver partners who are on a journey to socially and financially empower themselves. And I congratulate Uber for taking these firm steps in the right direction!”
Sharing her story, Leuza Akter Kristy, Driver Partner, said, “I am proud of being one of Uber’s few female driver partners. It feels even better when my riders, men and women both, appreciate my work and I hope more women join the Uber platform to experience the flexibility and independence it provides. Today’s event has given me a stage to share my Uber journey with a room full of people who are equally accepting and encouraging of my work.”
Reaffirming Uber’s deep commitment to empowering women, Md Ali Armanur Rahman, Region Head, East India and Bangladesh, Uber, said, “We are so proud of all the women driver partners on our platform who continue to break multiple biases everyday, with every ride they take. I feel so inspired today, listening to their stories. This event is a humble effort to honor and celebrate these brave women driver partners. We are at their service and we hope to continually facilitate more such women drivers with meaningful earning opportunities, thus paving the path for their empowerment.”
Uber’s mission is to create opportunity through movement. We started in 2010 to solve a simple problem: how do you get access to a ride at the touch of a button? More than 15 billion trips later, we’re building products to get people closer to where they want to be. By changing how people, food, and things move through cities, Uber is a platform that opens up the world to new possibilities.