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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  • Curt Wechsler
    signed 2017-02-05 00:46:11 -0500
    Curt Wechsler
  • Jeanne Crawford
    signed 2017-02-05 00:22:40 -0500
  • Jessica M
    signed 2017-02-04 23:33:28 -0500
  • Sharat G. Lin
    signed 2017-02-04 19:15:35 -0500
  • Jackie Barshak
    signed 2017-02-03 00:51:26 -0500
  • Arla S. Ertz
    signed 2017-02-02 20:16:17 -0500
    Travis Kalanick & Uber: Don’t partner with Saudi Arabia! Instead, call on Saudi Arabia to lift the ban on women driving! Don’t accept money from a country that oppresses women!! Uber is all about driving—don’t also be about discrimination!
  • Francis Collins
    signed 2017-01-28 01:31:48 -0500
  • Raheem Albokhari
    signed 2017-01-26 21:04:41 -0500
  • Paul Shannon
    signed 2017-01-26 12:49:39 -0500
    Paul Shannon
  • John Wilks, III
    signed 2017-01-25 20:42:11 -0500
    Partnering with despots is a way for Uber to drive itself off an ethical cliff.
  • Barbara Watson
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-01-25 16:25:59 -0500
    SIGN: Who profits from oppressing women? @Uber profits from oppressing #Saudi women! #UberHurtsSaudiWomen via @codepink
  • Carol Pinson
    signed 2017-01-25 16:25:10 -0500
  • Stella Lawson
    signed 2017-01-24 14:54:50 -0500
  • Douglas Minkler
    signed 2017-01-24 14:36:17 -0500
  • John Carroll
    signed 2017-01-24 14:05:59 -0500
    Uber’s acceptance of $3.5 billion from the Saudis is an affront to human rights, especially the rights of women. In addition to its oppression of women, the Saudis are waging a devastating war against the people of Yemen, the poorest country in the Mideast. Millions of Yemeni civilians are at risk because of the genocidal bombing of their country. There should be a worldwide boycott of Uber.
  • Jan Hartsough
    signed 2017-01-24 14:04:20 -0500
  • Kathe Burick
    signed 2017-01-24 12:00:31 -0500
  • Cindy Shamban
    signed 2017-01-24 11:47:09 -0500
  • Catherine Crockett
    signed 2017-01-24 11:43:51 -0500
  • V Hollins-Davidson
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-01-24 11:21:30 -0500
    SIGN: Who profits from oppressing women? @Uber profits from oppressing #Saudi women! #UberHurtsSaudiWomen via @codepink
  • Virginia Hollins-Davidson
    signed 2017-01-24 11:20:35 -0500
  • cindy read
    signed 2017-01-24 10:57:14 -0500
  • Brad Newsham
    signed 2017-01-24 10:44:43 -0500
  • Francis Collins
    signed 2017-01-23 20:19:39 -0500
  • Despina Callas
    signed 2017-01-23 18:07:57 -0500
    Right on Medea!
  • Brienne Kordis
    signed 2017-01-23 10:09:26 -0500
    Brienne Kordis
  • bonnie medel
    signed 2017-01-22 23:17:26 -0500
  • Clarice Corell
    signed 2017-01-22 18:11:33 -0500
  • Martha Hubert
    signed 2016-12-02 22:39:23 -0500
  • Tristana Fiscella
    signed 2016-10-27 09:35:30 -0400
    Stand with female drivers in Saudi Arabia or lose female customers in USA and around the world! Think carefully Uber.
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