Uber in Egypt to teach drivers how not to sexually harass women

Source: The Guardian

Uber is teaming up with an Egyptian anti-sexual harassment initiative to train its drivers in how to “recognise, prevent and take positive action” against inappropriate behaviour, the company has announced.

All drivers available on the app will undergo the training to ensure “Uber is offering the safest ride in Cairo,” the company said in a recent statement.

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The project is being launched in collaboration with Harassmap, an initiative founded in 2010 to end the “social acceptability” of sexual harassment in the country.

The partnership with Uber is just one of many that makes up the Safe Corporates project, which aims to transform Egyptian workplaces by encouraging a zero-tolerance policy towards harassment. The project targets medium to large businesses and trains employees to take action.

Collaborating with Uber is a significant step for the campaign, since an increasing number of women have reported feeling fearful when riding in taxis.

A 2014 Harassmap study found that at least 95% of women in Egypt had been sexually harassed, most often while walking down the street in broad daylight or while taking public transport.

Uber’s Cairo general manager, Anthony Khoury, said the training will teach the definition, types and prevalence of sexual harassment, its causes and effects, as well as tips on how to react when drivers are either harassed or witness harassment. The training, according to Khoury, is particularly important for Uber’s female drivers.

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