D&I Weekly News Round Up: Parental Leave, disability representation and more

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion News Round Up. Today we are talking about Peppa Pig becoming more inclusive, Gillette’s latest advert supporting transgender, how paternity leave changed the perception of dads and that the German women’s soccer team doesn’t care if you don’t know their names.

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Caroline Berns

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Gender

Interesting study from Spain! Since the introduction of paid paternity leave in 2007, families are taking longer to add another child and men want less children than before. Spending more time with their children, dads now seem to prefer "quality before quantity".

LGBTQ

The personal care brand Gillette (Procter & Gamble) just released a new advert, showing a father teaching his transgender son how to shave. The advert was praised widely by the LGBTQ community for its representation and inclusiveness.

Inclusion

Disability-positive representation in the media matters a lot. Peppa Pig, one of the world's most popular cartoons, has now introduced "Mandy Mouse", a character with disability. Seeing that this show is watched by millions of toddlers, this might help normalization.

Gender

Gender inequality in sports is still a major issue, and this includes soccer. The FIFA Women's World Cup is starting next week and the event is getting much less attention than a men's world cup would. The squad announcement of the German team addresses this issue – watch the advert.


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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