D&I Weekly News Round Up: Inclusion & Tech, Women Empowerment and more

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion News Round-Up. Today we are talking about the need for companies to support mental health issues, women empowerment initiatives in India, a mind-controlled exoskeleton and Citi’s late campaign to support gender equality.

Caroline Berns
Caroline Berns 

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Inclusion

World Mental Health Day is observed on the 10th of October every year, raising awareness of mental health issues. According to Mind Share Partners, SAP and Qualtrics, this is a topic employers need to address as well: the results of their latest study showed that while 86% of the respondents said that a company’s culture should support mental health, less than half felt that this was given the needed attention at their company.

Women Empowerment

Only 23% of women in India are currently in paid work, which is one of the lowest numbers in the world. Interesting video from WEF about new initiatives that are helping women to become more financially independent and are supporting gender equality.

Inclusion & Tech

French scientists are currently testing an exoskeleton that allows a paralyzed person to move, simply by using their mind. While the device is so far only working in the laboratory, the scientists are busy refining the technology to make it more accessible. Read more here.

Gender Equality

Earlier this year, financial services company Citi pledged to make a change after they revealed that on a global average, female employees earned significantly less than their male counterparts. They have just published this new video as part of their #itsabouttime campaign, showing the reactions of young girls when they learn about the gender pay gap.

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