To mark International Women's Day 2021, Uber announced a partnership with Dhaka-based non-profit foundation, Better Future for Women, which will enable women to gain skills so they can earn a livelihood as drivers on Uber's platform.
The partnership agreement was signed by Md Ali Armanur Rahman, country head, Uber Bangladesh and Sumaiya Shimu, founder and chairman of Better Future for Women, said a media statement issued by Uber on Thursday.
The association aims to create micro-entrepreneurial opportunities for women from across marginalised sections of society, by skilling them and providing them with avenues to earn a sustainable livelihood.
Uber will host an onboarding mela (fair) in March-end, where interested women can sign up as driver to the platform. Once onboarded, the women drivers will get a designated hotline for support.
Md Ali Armanur Rahman said, "Uber Bangladesh is committed to the idea and ethos of inclusive growth and to provide women from all walks of life a chance to be financially independent."
"We are honored to partner with Better Future for Women to enable women from non-urban areas to acquire the required skills and earn a livelihood by using the Uber app. We aim to onboard more women drivers by devising a value proposition that offers earnings, safety and support experience to them so that they can make a mark in the mobility industry," he added.
Sumaiya Shimu, founder and chairman of Better Future for Women, said, "Better Future for Women is happy to partner with Uber to create economic opportunities for Bangladeshi women through supporting onboarding of women on Uber's ride-sharing platform which continues to become an integral part of our daily lives in Dhaka and beyond."