Diversity & Inclusion Friday Round-Up: Jan 12, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we talk about the H&M scandal, have a look at the Swedish parental leave model, learn why “hip” job titles like “ninja” are probably not ideal and meet Luciana, an American Girl doll who will hopefully encourage girls to become more interested in STEM. Happy Friday!

Diversity & Inclusion Round Up
Caroline Berns

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Racism

Probably the most discussed topic this week was H&M: the clothing retailer advertised a hoodie with the slogan “coolest monkey in the jungle”, using a black child model. After social media outcry over racism, H&M quickly removed the product and apologized.

Diversity

Giving jobs “exciting” titles like “ninja”, “guru” or “genius” is a trend that started in the tech industry and has slowly spread to other industries as well. What companies often don’t realize though is that these titles clearly limit the candidate pool, as not only older generations, but also women and minorities are less likely to apply to these adverts. Read more here.

Gender

Sweden has one of the best parental support systems in the world – and they are discussing to get dads to be even more involved. Currently dads are supposed to take a minimum of 3 months paternity leave and the plan is to raise this to 5 months in order to create more gender equality.

Girls in STEM

The popular doll maker “American Girl” just released their “girl of the year 2018” – Luciana, an aspiring astronaut and Latina. The doll was developed with the help of various NASA experts and together with the accompanying books, Luciana should encourage young girls to become more interested in STEM subjects.


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR
Caroline Berns
Caroline Berns is the Head of Talent Acquisition for Ericsson Middle East & Africa. Born in Germany, she lived in the US and various countries in Europe until 2012, when she moved to South Africa.
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