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Diversity & Inclusion Friday news round-up: Nov 16, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about Microsoft’s latest diversity report, McKinsey’s Women in the Workplace study, gender equality in Tanzania and bionic limbs. Happy Friday!

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Caroline Berns 

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Category, topic & hashtags

Diversity

On Wednesday, Microsoft released their 4th annual diversity report. While their leadership teams remain mainly white and male, they made slight process in regard to women and minority employees. Interestingly, they have now linked employees performance bonuses to their “inclusion” activities, e.g. joining ERGs, participating in inclusion training, becoming allies, etc.

Gender

McKinsey and Leanin.org just released the latest edition of the Women in the Workplace study. Surveying over 64000 employees and almost 280 companies, the outcome is clear – women remain underrepresented and looking at the data of the past 4 years, progress is stalled.

Gender Equality

Tanzania was about to receive a USD 300 million loan from the World Bank so they could improve their education system, but this was now withdrawn after human rights concerns. The Tanzanian president has recently decided that girls who have given birth are not allowed to return to school. Tanzania has been expelling pregnant girls from attending school for decades, but for the past years the law is being applied more widely. Read more here.

Inclusion & Tech

A very interesting (long) read from Patrick Kane, a 21 year old who lost several limbs as a baby. At age 13, Patrick became the youngest person in the world with a bionic arm and he is describing his journey and the experience he has had thanks to the new technologies.

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