As the pandemic limits mobility and options for survivors of domestic violence across the globe, Uber has partnered with domestic violence organizations and local governments to provide free rides to shelters and delivered meals in 35 cities across 16 countries.
“With experts reporting a surge in domestic violence globally in the last few weeks, many shelters and service providers are seeking urgent assistance,” said Tracey Breeden, head of women’s safety and gender-based violence programs at Uber. “We want to do our part to help survivors access life-saving services and find a safe place to shelter.”
To reach as many people as possible, the San Francisco-based ride share and meal delivery company has expanded longstanding partnerships and established new ones with organizations such as the Safe Center LI in New York, Femmes Avec in Paris, WESNET in Australia, Nissa Institute for Women’s Development in Johannesburg and the YWCA in Canada.
According to news reports, Uber will work with its local and regional partners to distribute 50,000 free rides and more than 45,000 free meals to those in need.