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Diversity & Inclusion Friday news round-up: Oct 26, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about sexual harassment at Google, the racism incident on a Ryanair flight, Netflix targeting users based on their race and a fantastic program in Africa that is encouraging girls to take up a career in STEM. Happy Friday!

D&I Round up
Caroline Berns

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Sexual harassment

This week, Google revealed that in the past two years they dismissed 48 employees for sexual harassment without paying them any severance packages. This comes as a response to a NY Times article, reporting that three senior executives were dismissed for sexual misconduct and left with a huge package (USD 90 million in one case).

Read more here

Racism

Last week, a man racially abused a fellow passenger on a Ryanair flight. The man has in the meantime been identified and investigations are ongoing – and Ryanair has been widely criticised for not handling the situation well. Read more here.

Race

Netflix users have raised concerns that the streaming service seems to be targeting them by their race. Various people shared how different the thumbnails looked promoting movies on the homepage – with Netflix highlighting black actors even though they only had minor roles.

Girls in STEM

Great videoRefilwe Ledwaba is the founder of the “Girls Fly Programme in Africa”, an education programme creating awareness for careers in the aviation industry and other STEM related careers. Refilwe herself started in the industry over 10 years ago and was the first black woman in South Africa to fly a helicopter.


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR
Caroline Berns
Caroline Berns is the Head of Talent Acquisition for Ericsson Middle East & Africa and is really passionate about Diversity & Inclusion. 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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