A Few Tips on Surviving a Racially Charged Workplace

"Since my presence made you so uncomfortable, my features made you assume I was not qualified or worthy of being here, that I'm just the diversity pick. Alas, your insecurities and your prejudices are not my doing. There are a range of frailties in this brave new world, and you just have to learn to … Continue reading A Few Tips on Surviving a Racially Charged Workplace

Yup…International Development Has a Race Problem

I'll never forget my interviews for international organizations. I feel like I spent half of the sessions batting away stereotypes. Looking back now, I can figure out the trick questions, maybe trying to find out just how "thick my skin" was. Often, there was no black person in the room...and on the few occasions there … Continue reading Yup…International Development Has a Race Problem

Daily Misogyny – Gender and Punishment

This month in our 'Monthly Media Spotlight' our team wants to consider the impact of public punishment in the age of the internet. Public shaming may be a double edged sword. Calling out racist and misogynistic actions, situations and people can have positive impacts. However, rushing to conclusions can create judgments of guilt without a … Continue reading Daily Misogyny – Gender and Punishment

Over-punishing Black Women, A World Bank Tradition

A public transit worker is "hurt and embarrassed" after being called out in a viral tweet for eating on a train. Nope, she didn't get fired. Yah, the power of mass support! The person who wrote the tweet, was a communications officer at the World Bank Group. Not only did she make the report publicly … Continue reading Over-punishing Black Women, A World Bank Tradition

We Need Justice? Global Change? Internal Reform?

"I've shared my experiences and my feelings because I know I'm not the only one...Let us speak up, let us speak out, and let us make change happen. But really...on an individual level, what would justice even look like?" Warning - deep deeply pessimistic mood. I've lost the luxury of knowing that I matter. I … Continue reading We Need Justice? Global Change? Internal Reform?

About Poverty – A reading list

I grew up on a steady diet of lies from the mass media about what poverty is, what it means, and what it says about those affected. My parents taught me differently. My family was comfortable middle class and strong proponents of social and economic mobility through education. It was critical for our psyche that … Continue reading About Poverty – A reading list

World Bank’s Old Way of Getting a New President

"Surprise! Surprise!" I said to myself as I clicked the link to an article on devex. The opening paragraph read:"The legitimacy of the World Bank’s presidential appointment process is under renewed scrutiny after U.S. President Donald Trump’s pick, David Malpass, emerged as the only candidate to succeed Jim Kim." Knowing what I know about the … Continue reading World Bank’s Old Way of Getting a New President

Daily Misogyny – Pervasiveness of sexual harassment and assault in the work place

Today in our 'Monthly Media Spotlight' we considered writing a thoughtful piece about sexual harassment in the workplace, but we are satisfied that so much has been said thanks to the MeToo revolution that people get it. So much has been said over the past few years that the slow evolution of the law is … Continue reading Daily Misogyny – Pervasiveness of sexual harassment and assault in the work place

[Toxic and] Hostile Workplace Environment

"When I was hired to join the World Bank Group, I was in my happy Caribbean bubble. I greeted everyone - even in elevators - made friendly conversation, respected the variety of peoples around me and treated everyone with respect and trust. I was starstruck...at first." As any other newbie happy to achieve success by … Continue reading [Toxic and] Hostile Workplace Environment

Toxic [and Hostile] Workplace Environment

"I traveled across the globe to a different world, desperate for respect and to be given a chance. So much of my identity is tied to my work, my career, my profession. Now I have anxiety attacks thinking about sitting in an office." It's been 2 years now since I first noticed the symptoms. I … Continue reading Toxic [and Hostile] Workplace Environment

Daily Misogyny – Celebrating Sheroes: Women History Month

Today for our 'Monthly Media Spotlight' we highlight Women's History Month - a month long dedication with important media attention to the contributions of women to history and society across time. It's an annual celebration in March, for the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia corresponding with International Women's Day on March 8 (and … Continue reading Daily Misogyny – Celebrating Sheroes: Women History Month

“If you don’t mind, can you sit in the back? He can stay.”

"There's a seedy way in which racism affects your mental health. Racism in the workplace doesn't look like it did decades ago. It's not separate bathrooms and water coolers or openly used racial slurs. It's subtle, quiet and deceptively polite. Racism is even more dangerous when the experiences of people of color are denied, ignored … Continue reading “If you don’t mind, can you sit in the back? He can stay.”

R.I.P: 157 People of 35 Nationalities lost in Plane Crash

A global tragedy. Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 passengers which crashed on March 10, 2019 near Addis Ababa, killing all 157 passengers and crew, included: 32 people from Kenya, 18 from Canada, 9 each from Ethiopia and Britain, 8 each of Italy, China and the United States, 7 from France, 6 from Egypt, 5 from Germany, … Continue reading R.I.P: 157 People of 35 Nationalities lost in Plane Crash

US Supreme Court ruling: World Bank Group Is Not Above The Law

BREAKING NEWS!!!!! The International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group, loses immunities claim in the US Supreme Court, opening the door for more challenges. I smell revolution in the air...END IMMUNITIES! Read the case for yourself, here's the Supreme Court decision: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/18pdf/17-1011_mkhn.pdf So much admiration, and many thanks to the plaintiffs and … Continue reading US Supreme Court ruling: World Bank Group Is Not Above The Law

Daily Misogyny – Black History Month “I’m not a racist, I work on saving your lives”

Today for our ‘Monthly Media Spotlight’ we take a glance at the intersectionality of race and gender inherent in global racism. As the month of February comes to a close, we consider the celebration of "Black History" in the United States, Canada and many countries in the Caribbean. This month usually sparks a debate as … Continue reading Daily Misogyny – Black History Month “I’m not a racist, I work on saving your lives”