Diversity & Inclusion Friday news round-up: Sept 28, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about a new technology that might change the lives of paralyzed people, Captain Marvel being told to smile more, the whitewashing of a Disney princess and how women are being empowered in Zimbabwe, thanks to an amazing project. Happy Friday!

Diversity & Inclusion Round Up
Caroline Berns

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Category

Gender

Captain Marvel, the first female-fronted Marvel movie, will come to the cinemas next year. Last week, the first official trailer was released and some male “fans” commented, that Brie Larson, the female superhero, is not smiling enough (one even went that far and photoshopped a smile onto her face). Brie quickly responded with some male photoshopped superheroes, showing how ridiculous those comments were.

Inclusion and Tech

Thanks to researchers from the University of Louisville and the Mayo Clinic, there might be hope for people with spinal cord injuries. The paralyzed patients had electrical patches fitted, allowing them to walk again.


Race

Disney’s Princess Tiana is black – and a great role model for a lot of girls. When a teaser for the sequel of Disney’s “Wreck-it Ralph” was released, fans noticed that Princess Tiana had been whitewashed and complained. Disney has now reacted and redrew her, correcting her skin tone, hair and features.

Women Empowerment

A bit of a long read – but really worth it! In 2017, Damien Mander, the founder of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation, decided to do something that was unheard of – train Zimbabwean women (all from previously disadvantaged backgrounds) to become rangers in the worldwide first nature reserve protected exclusively by women. This model (called “Akashinga”) is not only having a positive impact on the nature reserve and of course the women’s lives, but on the entire community. “…if you educate a woman, you educate a nation” (African proverb)


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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