Uber: Don't Partner with Saudi Arabia to Oppress Women!

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Dear Uber CEO Travis Kalanick,

We, the undersigned, are appalled by the partnership that has developed between Uber and the government of Saudi Arabia, the only country in the world where women are not allowed to drive. Uber is profiting from this ban, generating tremendous revenue by providing male drivers to Saudi women who are not allowed to drive themselves. On top of that, Uber has now accepted $3.5 billion in investments from this repressive, misogynist Saudi government through its Public Investment Fund. To seal this sordid deal, Uber has granted a seat of its Board of Directors to Yasir Al Rumayyan, managing director of the Saudi government fund.

Saudi women have been fighting for decades for this basic right that women have all over the world. They have gathered petitions, solicited the King, conducted acts of civil disobedience, and gone to prison. Uber should not be on the side of their oppressors but should be supporting the brave Saudi women.

As CEO, we call on you to release a statement in English and Arabic urging King Salman of Saudi Arabia to lift the ban on women driving. Let him know you are eager to hire women as drivers for Uber in Saudi Arabia - as you currently do in over sixty countries worldwide.

Your partnership with the very people who are keeping women immobile is shameful. Do the right thing, Mr. Kalanick: Stand with Saudi women and advocate for Saudi women to have the right to drive!" 


عزيزي الرئيس التنفيذي لشركة أوبر ترافيس كالانيك، 

نحن الموقعين أدناه نشعر بالفزع إزاء الشراكة التي تطورت بين أوبر و حكومة المملكة العربية السعودية، البلد الوحيد في العالم الذي لايسمح للمرأة بقيادة السيارة. أوبر تستفيد من هذا الحظر و تحصل على عائدات مالية ضخمة بتوفير سائقين من الذكور لأيصال النساء السعوديات الآتي لايستطعن القيادة بأنفسهن. و علاوة على ذلك قبلت أوبر ب ٣.٥ مليار دولار كأستثمار من الحكومة السعودية القمعية، الكارهة للمرأة من خلال صندوق الاستثمارات العامة لها. و لأتمام هذه الصفقة المخزية، منحت أوبر مقعد في مجلس إدارتها إلى ياسر الرميان، المدير العام للصندوق السعودي الأستثماري. 
المرأة السعودية حاربت و لازالت تحارب منذ عقود لهذا الحق الأساسي الذي تتمتع به جميع النساء حول العالم. قامت النساء السعوديات بتوقيع و نشر العرائض، التمسوا الملك للسماح لهم بالقيادة، قاموا بالعصيان المدني و ذهبوا للسجن من أجل ذلك. لايجب أن يكون أوبر في صف مضطهِديهم بل يجب أن يدعم المرأة السعودية الباسلة. 

كرئيس أوبر التنفيذي، ندعوك أن تصدر بيانا باللغتين العربية و الأنجليزية لحث الملك سلمان بن عبدالعزيز آلِ سعود الى رفع الحظر المفروض على قيادة النساء للسيارة. الشراكة مع نفس الأشخاص الذين يمنعون النساء من القيادة مخزية. قم بعمل الشيء الصحيح: قف بصف المرأة السعودية و دافع عن حقها في القيادة. 

 

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  • Burt Bogardus
    signed 2017-02-07 14:19:31 -0500
    Any nation which denies basic rights to half its population cannot be regarded as civilized by the rest of the world.
  • Kathy Bloch
    signed 2017-02-07 14:17:08 -0500
  • Bodil Fox
    signed 2017-02-07 14:16:47 -0500
  • Cynthia Clarkson
    signed 2017-02-07 14:16:02 -0500
  • Sheinfeld Susan
    signed 2017-02-07 14:10:31 -0500
  • Christopher Lish
    signed 2017-02-07 14:01:46 -0500
  • Robert Magarian
    signed 2017-02-07 13:54:04 -0500
  • Diana North
    signed 2017-02-07 13:52:37 -0500
  • Jessica Gagliardi
    signed 2017-02-07 13:46:32 -0500
  • Sally Elesby
    signed 2017-02-07 13:44:33 -0500
  • Lonna Richmond
    signed 2017-02-07 13:34:53 -0500
    this is your opportunity to educate the saudi government regarding women
  • Greg Getty
    signed 2017-02-07 13:25:14 -0500
    We want their criminal cash NOT!
  • Madelaine Plauche
    signed 2017-02-07 13:23:27 -0500
  • Jack Milton
    signed 2017-02-07 13:20:44 -0500
  • Marian Cruz
    signed 2017-02-07 13:13:34 -0500
  • Paul Willis
    signed 2017-02-07 13:13:19 -0500
    Forgot how out of touch Saudis are. This is the 21st century for Krist sake, bad choice of analogies but still true. I still can’t believe that you won’t ALLOW your women to drive. Something so basic the idea is so far out of date I can’t describe. So Saudis, welcome yourselves to the modern world and grow up. I know it’s not your favorite thing but give it a chance, you may be surprised to the positive Ness of the whole thing. Go on, you can do it. Go on…
  • Debra Taube
    signed 2017-02-07 13:06:31 -0500
  • M. Rivka Polatnick
    signed 2017-02-07 13:03:55 -0500
  • Barry Korengold
    signed 2017-02-07 13:02:44 -0500
  • Paul Antilla
    signed 2017-02-07 12:59:52 -0500
  • Kathleen DeLander
    signed 2017-02-07 12:58:29 -0500
  • Tina Ann
    signed 2017-02-07 12:58:21 -0500
  • Yvonne Quilenderino
    signed 2017-02-07 12:54:42 -0500
  • Karl Schaffer
    signed 2017-02-07 12:54:36 -0500
    Saudi Arabia, home of terrorism, subjugator of women should be held accountable, not rewarded.
  • Albert Sargis
    signed 2017-02-07 12:48:25 -0500
  • Narayan Goipnathan
    signed 2017-02-07 12:47:02 -0500
  • Kristina Lim
    signed 2017-02-07 12:44:03 -0500
  • Sandra Mardigian
    signed 2017-02-07 12:43:10 -0500
  • Narayan Rajan
    signed 2017-02-07 12:40:39 -0500
  • Jo Coffey
    signed 2017-02-07 12:39:52 -0500
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