Uber has been plagued with criticisms of sexism over the past few months, but the company has taken a new pledge to "accelerate economic growth" for women. The popular app that allows users to book a ride at the touch of a button has partnered up with The United Nations in a bid to create over 1 million jobs for women by 2020.
In a joint statement, UN Women executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Uber's chief executive Travis Kalanick said, "We intend to invest in long-term programs in local communities where we live and work, as Uber commits to creating 1,000,000 jobs for women globally on the Uber platform by 2020."
The statement went onto read, "This important mission can only be accomplished when all women have direct access to safe and equitable earning opportunities."
The move is believed not to just increase the number of female drivers working for the company, but also to help female passengers feel more at ease using the service.
The news comes after a woman claimed she was raped in an Uber cab in India, with officers criticizing the company for failing to adequately vet drivers. A woman in London was also recently given a £20 account credit after she claimed a driver sexually assaulted her.
Currently, less than 15 percent of Uber drivers in the US are female, with 99 percent of New York drivers being male. While Uber is pledging to create more jobs for female drivers, it's not yet clear if users will be able to request a female driver.