Diversity & Inclusion Friday news round-up: Apr 26 2019
Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about #GirlsinICT day, skin-coloured band-aids, a little boy and his exoskeleton and D&I challenges at Microsoft. Happy Friday!
Microsoft has been in the news this week after internal messages to the CEO were leaked. In these messages, employees complained about the companies diversity initiatives, saying that white men were discriminated and that women are less suitable to be engineers. Read more here.
Girls in ICT
On the 25th of April we celebrated the International Girls in ICT Day. According to the ITU (the International Telecommunication Union, an agency of the UN), an estimated 250 million fewer women use the internet in their daily lives than men – but bringing them online would significantly boost the global gross domestic product. #GirlsinICT
What a difference a small band-aid can make. "Flesh coloured" or "skin coloured" are usually used to describe products for white people, excluding everyone who is non-white. This week a tweet from Dominique Apollon went viral, sharing his happiness about a band-aid in his own skin colour.
Inclusion & Tech
Watch: Alvaro, a 7 year old with spinal muscular atrophy, was given a exoskeleton. The devise is not only helping him to walk, it is also improves his general strength – and confidence.