About the Committee
The Women Lawyers’ Committee (WLC) aspires to empower its 3000 highly valued members from all over the world to engage, network and share knowledge. The committee was originally an interest group which was introduced as an IBA constituent in 1996 to allow efficient global networking of women lawyers.
WLC aims to level the playing field in the legal profession and inspire leaders to work to achieve gender parity. It's 20 committee officers create awareness tools to help the profession achieve this goal, while at the same time facilitate an efficient global network for women lawyers to connect and develop business and expertise.
We welcome members with all genders and encourage all perspectives and remain a committee dedicated to the cause of women lawyers.
We warmly invite you to join our quarterly global Women Lawyers’ Committee (WLC) Café for all our committee members. This event is held three times on a virtual platform, scheduled for different time zones on the same day, and the fourth time in person during the IBA Annual Conference.
The WLC Café is a platform for all members of WLC to easily and regularly network with each other and to create an institutionalised location where our members can get to know and mutually support each other. The officers of the WLC will use this opportunity to get in direct touch with members on a regular basis and encourage you to get actively involved in developing further the efforts and activities of WLC.
The next WLC Café will take place on 29 September 2022, in three different time zones (JST, CET and EST) to accommodate the different time zones our members are living in.
- 4pm – 5pm JST
- 1pm – 2pm CET
- 1pm – 2pm ET
Invitations will be sent to all committee members well ahead of time. For any questions, please contact the Divisions Department email@example.com. We look forward to meeting you!
The IBA Women Lawyers' Committee Mentorship Toolkit is aimed at allowing law firms or lawyers interested in mentorship to take advantage of the know-how of other firms. Many studies reveal that implementing mentorship programmes will not only help mentees, but the mentors too in understanding the importance of leadership, diversity and inclusion. The toolkit will include methodology to establish a mentorship programme, including guidance on how to select mentors and pair them with mentees. Download the PDF.
This article for the Women Lawyers’ Interest Group aims to raise awareness of the issues faced by women in this new working environment and the ways through which both employers and employees can navigate these issues.
A message from the Editors of the Women Lawyers' Interest Group, March 2021
A message from the Officers of the Women Lawyers' Interest Group, October 2020
Gender equality and access to justice in Brazil: the all-too-common struggle of victims of sexual violence
This article addresses the systemic problem of the mistreatment of women who are victims of sexual violence (especially in cases of violence by men against women) by the Brazilian criminal justice system that has come to the fore over the years, some of the key reasons behind the issue, as well as some brief comments on some possible solutions.
Scholarships and awards
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Subcommittees and other groups
The Women Lawyers' Committee also coordinates the activities of the following subcommittees/working groups.
- Women Lawyers' Committee Advisory Board
- Women Lawyers' Committee Projects Subcommittee