A few weeks before, on the 18th of November 2020, Paulo Henrique participated in a panel organized by Sanofi as part of Black Awareness initiatives following the death of George Floyd in the US and its consequences in Brazil.
The event gathered 104 people to discuss Marta Magaldi’s presentation as a Member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at Sanofi. Along with Nivia Nascimento, Clinical Project Assistant at ICON Plc., Cassia Monteiro, Head of People and Communications at Bynd, and Sueli Gomes, Director of Cooperative Communications at Spin Communications, panelists shared personal experiences of racism in their life and discussed how they managed to build successful careers in the corporate world.
Paulo Henrique highlighted some initiatives taken by Spideo to promote gender equality and empower all girls and women in France, by supporting NGOs like BECOMTECH for example, and how some of these initiatives could inspire new affirmative action policies to fight racial inequality in Brazil and worldwide.
As a matter of fact, in the US, there are half as many African Americans and Hispanics in tech as in the rest of the private sector. In France, the number of women graduates in Tech has fallen by 6% over the past 5 years and girls represent only 10% of students in computer schools (according to Gender Scan figures). It is essential that minorities take control of the places, jobs and tools that shape the world of tomorrow.