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Diversity & Inclusion Friday news round-up: May 17 2019

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about biased voice recognition, Global Accessibility Awareness Day (#GAAD), gender norms influencing family life and the struggle of Nike sponsored female athletes. Happy Friday!

D&I Roundup
Caroline Berns

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Bias

Voice recognition is already part of our daily life and the market is quickly growing. But similar to facial recognition, voice recognition is struggling if the speaker is not white and male. Very interesting article about the challenges that come with AI.

Gender Equality

According to a study, married women are spending more time on household chores than single mothers. The reason for this is not the extra work caused by an additional person – but according to the researchers this is caused by gender norms and social expectations. Read more here.

Inclusion & Tech

The 16th of May was Global Accessibility Awareness Day, a day that promotes digital accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities. Here is an example how a Google Engineer used tech to help his non-verbal brother to interact with his family.

 

 

Gender

Watch: A different kind of Nike clip. Alysia Montaño was a Nike athlete - until she fell pregnant and her sponsorship stopped. Nike has in the meantime admitted that some of their female athletes faced pay-cuts and claims that this policy has been changed in the meantime.

#GAAD


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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