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Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round-Up: Jan 5, 2018

Happy 2018! Welcome to the first edition of the new year – read all about the latest news in the world of Diversity and Inclusion here:

Diversity & Inclusion Round Up
Caroline Berns

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Gender equality

Since January 1st, Iceland is officially the first country in the world that makes it illegal for companies to pay men more than women. Companies are now required to obtain certification from the government to prove that they are paying equally, failure to do so can result in fines.

Disability

According to a recent study from the Center for Talent Innovationonly 3.2% of employees in the US self-identify as having a disability to their employers, although 30% of the employees are actually physically or mentally impaired. For the fear of being discriminated against, most disabled people keep quiet about their condition. Read more here.

Gender

For the first time in almost 60 years, the three most popular movies of 2017 were led by women. Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Beauty and the Beast and Wonder Woman were the highest grossing movies last year.

Racism

When Prof. John Struthers tweeted a picture of himself and his wife last week I am sure he didn’t expect to get that many likes, retweets and replies: His wife is originally from Ghana and people responded with pictures of their own mixed-race families.


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR
Caroline Berns
Caroline Berns is the Head of Talent Acquisition for Ericsson Middle East & Africa and is really passionate about Diversity & Inclusion. Born in Germany, she lived in the US and various countries in Europe until 2012, when she moved to South Africa.
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