Diversity & Inclusion Friday news round-up: Jan 4 2019

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up – Special Edition “Generation”. We just welcomed a new member to our family and I have prepared a few “Best of” special editions for you. Happy Friday!

D&I Friday News Round-up
Jan 04, 2019
Caroline Berns 

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Category, topic & hashtags


In some countries in the world, transgender people are legally allowed to change their gender – but does the same apply to age? A 69 year old Dutch man started a legal battle to be recognized 20 years younger, saying he feels discriminated against because of his age and that according to his doctor, his biological age is only 45 years.
Update: The court has in the meantime rejected his request.


What an inspiration! 86 year old Dilys Price is not only the oldest female solo parachutist in the world, she has now also become a model for the well-known fashion brand Helmut Lang.


In 2018, DJ Switch became the youngest Ghana DJ Awards winner – and she is a 10 year old girl who started DJ-ing only a year ago. BBC spoke to the artist as part of “What’s new”, a program focusing on young people in Africa. Worth watching!


A report from PWC is having a close look at age diversity on corporate boards. 90% of the S&P 500 directors say that age diversity is important, rating it even more important than gender or race – but in the S&P 500 boardrooms the average age is 63 years and there are actually more directors 75 years or older, than 50 or younger.


When we think of a 92 year old woman we usually think of a granny who can barely move. Not Johanna Quaas though - this German gymnast is still competing and has more core strength than most people half her age (or younger). Read more here.

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