30 jurisdictions participate in the first global IBA Women’s Day

Wednesday 8 March 2023

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On International Women’s Day 2023, the President of the International Bar Association (IBA), Almudena Arpón de Mendívil Aldama, announced the launch of the IBA Women’s Day; a worldwide event in celebration of women legal professionals. This inaugural event is aimed at inspiring and guiding the younger generation of female practitioners in their professional careers, with experienced women sharing their experiences to reach and maintain senior positions. 30 jurisdictions are expected to participate.  

Ms Arpón de Mendívil, a partner at law firm Gómez-Acebo & Pombo in Madrid, Spain commented: ‘I am proud to launch the first ever IBA Women’s Day this 8 March. Women in law can achieve senior positions, they must dare to do so, their merits do matter for that purpose. This first celebration aims at giving visibility to women who are successful in their careers in the legal sector across the world, demonstrating that success is attainable and connecting all of them, thus multiplying the impact of the message. Experiences will be shared with younger practitioners allowing them to recognise challenges they may be facing in order to advance in their path to senior positions, offering them potential solutions. The event will also promote the exchange of views amongst their peers form other firms. The IBA Women’s Day is a day that I hope will become a much anticipated annual fixture in our Association’s calendar.’

Conceived by Ms Arpón de Mendívil and developed in collaboration with the IBA Women Lawyers’ Committee, the IBA Women’s Day taking place on Wednesday 8 March 2023 will see simultaneous events in the form of fireside chats or panels take place across several jurisdictions around the world. The gatherings will include interactive question and answer sessions as well as time for networking.

At 1430 Central European Time, the lead partners of each jurisdiction will connect online with Ms Arpón de Mendívil, who will give a short address before asking those lead partners to introduce themselves, showing the breadth of nations participating in the initiative.

Addressing gender equality in the legal profession is one of the IBA’s  priorities for the term 2023/2024. It follows through from two years ago when the IBA launched, on International Women’s Day 2021, the ‘50/50 by 2030’ project – a longitudinal study into gender disparity in law. This is an ambitious, first-of-its-kind, nine-year global project to uncover the root-causes of the lack of gender parity at the most senior levels of the legal profession, across private, public, judicial and in-house legal sectors and identify whether diversity initiatives introduced to address this disparity are having any impact. The project also aims to provide practical conclusions and guidance to the profession. The IBA’s Legal Policy & Research Unit and the LexisNexis Rule of Law Foundation are collaborating on the surveys and analysis. Findings for the legal profession in England and Wales, Uganda, and Spain have been published. A report on Nigeria is imminent.


Notes to the Editor

  1. Related links:
    Click here for IBA President Almudena Arpón de Mendívil Aldama’s priorities for her tenure, biography and blog.
    Click here for information on the ‘50/50 by 2030’ project – a longitudinal study into gender disparity in law.
  2. The International Bar Association (IBA), the global voice of the legal profession, is the foremost organisation for international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. Established in 1947, shortly after the creation of the United Nations, it was born out of the conviction that an organisation made up of the world's bar associations could contribute to global stability and peace through the administration of justice.
    The IBA acts as a connector, enabler, and influencer, for fair practice and accountability worldwide. The IBA has collaborated on a broad range of ground-breaking, international projects with the United Nations, the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, The Commonwealth, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, among others.
    The IBA has considerable expertise in providing assistance to the global legal community, and through its global membership, it influences the development of international law reform and helps to shape the future of the legal profession throughout the world.
  3. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), established in 1995 under Founding Honorary President Nelson Mandela, is an autonomous and financially independent entity, working to promote, protect and enforce human rights under a just rule of law, and to preserve the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession worldwide.
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