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By John McCarthy, Opinion editor

March 10, 2015 | 2 min read

Uber has partnered with UN Women to offer females one million new roles at the ride-sharing app throughout the world by 2020.

With the commitment Uber stated that it is keen on "advancing gender equality” and the “empowerment of women everywhere”. The firm currently has 160,000 US drivers – 14 per cent of whom are women. As a result of the scheme however, the percentage of female drivers looks set to rise.

A joint message from UN Women executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick read: “UN Women and Uber are launching a partnership to work together around the world toward a shared vision of equality and women’s empowerment.

"We intend to invest in long-term programs in local communities where we live and work... this important mission can only be accomplished when all women have direct access to safe and equitable earning opportunities.

"We look forward to a partnership where UN Women and Uber will drive more access to these types of opportunities around the world.”

Uber’s driver diversity report was released in January and documents the ethnicity, gender and working hours of a number of its employees.

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