D&I Weekly News Round Up: Racism, Girls Empowerment and more

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion News Round-Up. Today we are talking about the latest McKinsey D&I report, a racist car advert, girls empowerment in Afghanistan and how challenging lockdown rules can be for the transgender community. Stay safe everyone and Eid Mubarak to all my Muslim readers!

Caroline Berns

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA


McKinsey just released their latest report, called “Diversity wins: How inclusion matters”. Similar to their 2015 report, they found that companies with greater gender and ethnic diversity are more likely to be profitable than their counterparts. Interesting is also their findings on inclusion, and how important it is for companies to not just focus on diverse representation, but actively drive inclusion.


German carmaker Volkswagen had to apologize this week after a racist advert for the new Golf was published on Instagram. The advert featured racist images and wording and immediately caused a huge outcry on social media. Read more here.


Some countries in Central and South America implemented gender-based lockdown rules. This comes with huge challenges for the transgender community, including harassment. A touching story about Monica, a trans woman from Panama.

Girls Empowerment

Great story from Afghanistan: A team of girls is building affordable emergency ventilators from car parts. They belong to the Afghan Dreamers, an all-girls robotics team.

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