Diversity & Inclusion Friday news round-up: Oct 5, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. October is Global Diversity Awareness Month and Down Syndrome Awareness Month and today we are talking about gender parity and the #squatforchange posts, a new video from the “Wouldn’t Change a Thing” organisation, California passing a new law regulating the number of women on boards and Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolari who is changing the lives of many girls in Nigeria. Happy Friday!

Diversity & Inclusion Round Up
Caroline Berns

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Category

Gender

The state of California just passed a new law that requires all public companies based in California to have at least one woman on their board of directors by the end of 2019. By the end of 2021, the number will go further up, depending on the size of the board.

Gender Parity

A dad’s call for gender parity went viral – Donte Palmer has three children and believes in equally sharing responsibilities with his wife. This includes nappies – but changing tables in men’s restrooms are very rare and he usually ends up changing nappies while squatting. A lot of dads joined him now to raise awareness and shared their own #squatforchange pictures.

Inclusion

Do you remember the sweet carpool karaoke style video raising awareness for children with Down syndromeOctober is Down Syndrome Awareness Month and the parents from the “Wouldn’t Change a Thing” organisation decided to release a new video, showing the journey that families take once they learn about the condition.

Watch the facebook video

Girls Empowerment

This “CNN Heroes” episode features Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, a software developer from Nigeria who is running a free coding program for disadvantaged girls. One of the girls is Sharon, a 17 year old from Makoko, a “floating slum” in Lagos, Nigeria. Sharon had the chance to learn about coding thanks to Abisoye and developed an app that will help local fishermen to sell their fish.


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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