D&I Weekly News Round Up: Mental Health, Gender Equality and more

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion News Round-Up. Today we are talking about World Suicide Prevention Day, a racist shampoo advert, why McDonald’s is currently being sued for racial discrimination and Brazil announcing equal pay for men’s and women’s soccer teams.

Caroline Berns

Mental Health

Every year, almost 800 000 people die as a result of suicide, that is one suicide every 40 seconds. The 10th of September was World Suicide Prevention Day – here is a good article sharing more insights about the risks (which are not limited to mental health issues) and warning signs, and where to get help.

Racial Discrimination

McDonald’s is currently being sued for racial discrimination by 52 black ex-franchise owners. The former franchisees claim that they were systemically discriminated against and pushed into undesirable locations.

Racial Stereotypes

Clicks (a South African pharmacy chain) and Unilever faced outrage this week after publishing a shampoo advert that described white hair as “normal” and black hair as “damaged”. Black women across the world are still facing discrimination because of their hair – and especially in South Africa, the advert was very insensitive given the historical background.

Gender Equality

While U.S. women’s soccer is still fighting for equal pay, more and more countries are now aligning the pay of their women’s national teams with the men’s team. The latest country to announce pay equality for their soccer teams is Brazil. Read more here.

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