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CeMM signs the #positivarbeiten declaration to promote inclusion towards HIV-positive employees


CeMM Administrative Director Anita Ender, CeMM HR Expert Memo Mokhles and Aids-Hilfe Wien Managing Director Andrea Brunner (©Aids Hilfen Österreichs/Jürgen Hammerschmid).

Diversity, professionalism, and respect are core values at CeMM, we actively promote respectful cooperation in an open and inclusive workplace. On 28 June 2021, the signing of the #postivearbeiten declaration took place at CeMM, symbolizing yet another step forward in our continuous commitment to provide all our employees with an optimal work environment where they can develop themselves and contribute to CeMM’s success in the field of medical research.

With timely diagnosis and treatment, people with HIV have nowadays an almost average life expectancy and can live and work like other people. For many HIV-positive people, discrimination and the fear of discrimination are more serious than the health consequences of the infection itself. They continue to experience disadvantages at work as well as other areas of their lives.

On 1 December 2020, the Aidshilfen Österreichs launched a project on the topic of #positivarbeiten to address the discrimination towards many people with HIV. The #positivarbeiten declaration promotes a discrimination-free climate of respect and self-evidence at the workplace and beyond.

CeMM signs this declaration in awareness of our responsibility towards the wellbeing of our employees and to lead by example. By doing so, not only do we strengthen even more our commitment to fostering inclusivity and diversity in our institute, but we also wish to encourage other organizations to join us and the other Austrian employers in this pledge.

We thank our colleague Memo Mokhles for bringing this important topic to our attention, and for also being a strong advocate for HIV positive people’s rights!

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