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Uber enabled women to enter a traditionally male-dominated industry by creating an inclusive environment

Written by Staff Writer

October 25, 2022

By Sinazo Mkoko

“Uber wants to support women who use the Uber app to grow their small businesses. When earners succeed, Uber succeeds as well.” 

So said the General Manager for Uber Eats Kenya, Kui Wangui, at this year’s Standard Bank Top Women Virtual Conference. The Conference brought together global thought-leaders and experts to offer inspiration, practical solutions, networks and support to more than 10 000 women entrepreneurs in Africa.

This two full-day immersive conference featured multiple breakaway sessions, live Q&A sessions, remote meetups, and access to fast-track networking sessions for top women and women-led companies — amplifying both individual and company successes in diversity and inclusion while celebrating #RiseAboveTheNoise. Kui delivered a keynote address at the conference.

If you missed the conference, you can watch it here


Here are a few key takeaways from the keynote speech by Kui Wangui, General Manager for Uber Eats Kenya.

  • The Standard Bank Top Women Conference presents us with an opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come and how far we’re going
  • At Uber we believe in lifting as we climb, we lift within our organisation and externally, for the communities that we serve.
  • Women are a large part of driving Africa’s transformation and are contributing to a global reset.
  • Women have played an integral role in society and this is indicated by the number of women in senior management positions – a number that has been steadily growing over the years and continues to be an encouraging development.
  • Women are moving into the driver’s seat of their lives, both professionally and personally.
  • At Uber, we are proud of the growth we’ve seen in our businesses in the African continent. This year, we completed our billionth trip since we started operating in Africa.
  • Women continue to be underrepresented in both the tech and transport industries and Uber has allowed women to enter a traditionally male-dominated industry and we’ve contributed to this shift by championing equitable initiatives and creating an inclusive environment. 
  • Good things come and good things happen when people are able to move, whether that is across town or towards their dreams, which is why we’re proud of women who have tapped into our platform because they value the flexibility of earning their own income in their own terms. 
  • The Uber community is made of diverse, creative and bright women that we’re proud to stand by every day. Uber wants to support women who use the Uber app to grow their small businesses.
  • As part of Uber’s strategy to include more women drivers, Uber has rolled out the women rider preferred feature across various markets including South Africa


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