D&I Weekly News Round Up: Racial bias, gender equality and more

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion News Round Up. Today we are talking about gender and racial bias in STEM jobs, how Sweden improved maternal health, Nike’s latest campaign and the findings of the UN SDG Gender Index.

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Caroline Berns

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Gender

Since 2012, Sweden is allowing fathers to take some of their paternity leave while mothers are still at home. According to a new study, released by two researchers from Stanford University, this has a significant impact on mothers health and reduces the need for postpartum hospitalization and the prescription of anti-anxiety medication and antibiotics.

Bias

A new study looked at gender and racial bias in hiring for STEM roles. Science faculty members from various US universities were asked to evaluate fictitious CVs – and although they were all identical, the names differed and profiles that apparently came from women of colour, were ranked the lowest.

Gender Equality

The UN SDG (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals) Gender Index measures the state of gender equality – and according to the latest results, not a single country in the world will achieve gender equality by 2030. Interestingly, some of the poorer countries are making better progress at the moment than the more developed countries, e.g. in regards to women in government.

Women Empowerment

Nike just released a new film as part of their "Dream crazy" campaign. "Dream further" was launched ahead of the 2019 Women's World Cup in France and wants to encourage women to follow their dreams. Nike was recently criticized for their treatment of pregnant athletes and while they have confirmed in the meantime that they have now changed the policy, companies need to remember that external brands and internal processes need to be aligned.


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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