The #MeToo movement sparked a global call to end sexual harassment, assault, and gender discrimination in the workplace. As part of our investigation into sexual violence in global development, where 86 percent of employees know a colleague who has experienced work-related sexual harassment or assault, Devex launched #AidToo, a digital conversation about the breadth of — and solutions to — sexual harassment and assault in our sector.
Organizations across industries are taking this moment to re-examine their processes, platforms, and methods for preventing and reporting discrimination of all kinds, opening up new opportunities for entrepreneurs eager to help companies tackle these challenges.
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As well as the clear social and legal implications of inequality, harassment, and discrimination, there are significant advantages to be had from a more diverse workforce. Research has found that more diverse companies bring in greater financial returns and build a better reputation with a broader customer clientele, too. For the aid sector, a champion of gender equality, ensuring that what an organization practices inside their own walls lives up to the values and work they promote around the world is perhaps even more pressing.
In the past year, a crop of new tech startups has launched to help organizations tackle a wide range of bias and inequality at work. From “blind hiring” to anonymous feedback platforms, and on-demand legal advice, the following is a roundup of various tech startups — many founded by women — that are using innovative ways to diversify the employment landscape and make workplaces safe for all.