D&I Weekly News Round Up: Inclusion, Gender Bias and more
Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion News Round-Up. Today we are talking about Google offering special leave to their employees during the pandemic, why we are celebrating #GirlsInICT day, a park in Italy that reopened for autistic children and why Google Translate is now less gender-biased. Stay safe everyone and Ramadan Mubarak to all my Muslim colleagues and readers!
Google just announced that they are now offering 14 weeks of special leave to their global workforce. The leave will help parents and caregivers to manage the additional stress due to the pandemic. Microsoft did something similar earlier this month and is now offering 12 weeks of paid parental leave.
Girls in ICT
On the 23rd of April, we celebrated international Girls in ICT Day. The goal is to get more women working in the ICT field – but also to bridge the gender divide, since fewer women than men use the internet globally, which puts them at a further disadvantage during the pandemic. Read more here.
In the past, Google Translate was criticised for not being gender-neutral when translating job titles (e.g. “doctor” in a gender-neutral language was translated to a male doctor in another language). They have now announced that an improved model has been released.
Being stuck inside the house due to the pandemic is difficult for all children, but not having their usual activities is even harder for children on the autism spectrum. In Italy, a park has now been reopened for autistic children. Watch the video.