In Paris, Uber commits to helping women be secure on the streets

As of July, Uber will offer female victims of harassment or sexual assaults free rides home.

Sara Saidi
Sara Saidi NewsMavens, France
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Why this story matters:

In the Paris region, Uber is mostly used by women (60%) so it is no surprise that it is also the second most popular means of transport by night for security reasons. In conjunction with these statistics, according to a Harris Interactive survey, 83% of women in the region of Paris have stated that they were victims of harassment or sexual assault in public spaces. 

Uber started a partnership with the application HandsAway and the association Stop Harcèlement de Rue. In the case of a sexist or sexual assault, it will be possible for women to alert a driver throughHandsAway’s application.

Uber has committed to having a driver take victims home for free and will even offer to take them to the police station to submit a complaint. 

HandsAway and Stop Harcèlement de Rue have also undertaken to train the drivers in how to act in order to support and help victims. Rym Saker, Uber France’s Head of communication gave examples in the article recommended below "Maybe victims will stay quiet. In this case it is important to respect their decision and not to ask questions. The victim can decide whether she wants to communicate or not". Drivers are also told not to leave before the victim is safe at home.

Details from the story:

  • In Paris, Uber will offer free rides for women victims of sexist or sexual assaults.
  • HandsAway currently has 40,000 users.
  • In cases of sexual harassment or sexual assault, it will be possible for women to alert an Uber driver through the HandsAway’s application.
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