We all make mistakes, but do we all pay the same price? Are some of us punished more than others when it comes to making mistakes? Whilst reporting on the pay gap in the UK, Abhishek Parajuli uncovered something else – a punishment gap – where minorities and women are judged more harshly for their mistakes. Now studying for his PhD, Abhishek reveals how research from around the world proves that women and minorities are punished more harshly for the same mistakes. His talk challenges us to combat the punishment gap the same way we are combating other forms of discrimination, and, most importantly, to tackle the unconscious bias that leads to such discrimination. Abhishek Parajuli is a PhD student at the University of Oxford. He completed an MPhil in Comparative Government, also at the University of Oxford and a BA in American Politics from Dartmouth College, where he graduated as the class valedictorian in 2015. Before starting his PhD, Abhishek worked as a Peter Martin Fellow and Editorial Writer at the Financial Times and his writing has also appeared in the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, The Times of India and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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