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Diversity & Inclusion Friday news round-up: Nov 23, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about International Men’s Day, masculinity and gender roles, a racist fashion campaign in China and a very cute Microsoft advert. Happy Friday!

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Caroline Berns

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Gender

Researchers from Stanford, Lawrence and British Columbia University looked at masculinity and the impact it has in the workplace. Organizations that have a so called “masculinity contest culture“ (“dog eat dog”, “show no weakness”, etc.) do not only struggle with attracting and retaining women, this behavior also impacts the entire organization, including their bottom line. Read more here.

Gender

The 19th of November was International Men’s Day. This day, less well known than International Women’s Day, was launched in 1999 with the aim to raise awareness of men’s issues and to celebrate positive role models. This article is showcasing 6 celebrities who are open about mental health issues, gender roles and masculinity.

Racism

On Wednesday, the fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana cancelled their fashion show in Shanghai after their latest ad campaign caused massive outrage on social media. The video and messages posted were perceived as stereotypical and racist and people are saying they will boycott the brand.

Inclusion

Microsoft just released their latest holiday spot, called “Reindeer Games”. It features disabled video gamer Owen Simmons (who is a 9 year old with a rare genetic disorder), his friends and the Xbox Adaptive Controller. Very cute video!


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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