We presented our International Women in Law programme and report at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
On 14 February 2020, the Law Society Deputy Vice-President, Stephanie Boyce, and International Programmes Manager, Lizzette Robleto de Howarth, presented the International Women in Law programme and the report: “Advocating for Change: Transforming the Future of the Legal Profession through greater Gender Equality” to the OECD’s “Friends of Gender Equality Group”.
OECD discussants found striking similarities between the findings of the Law Society’s “Advocating for Change” report and the OECD’s own research in the judicial sector. Representatives from the UK, Canada, Mexico, Latvia, Spain also intervened, highlighting the progress made in their own jurisdictions but also emphasising on the need to continue working towards gender equality. In her concluding remarks, Ms Ramos underscored the vital role of the legal profession in tackling gender inequality given that lawyers can directly influence jurisprudence and can push for legal developments. There was a commitment of continuing these exchanges to explore further synergies.
Note: Set up by OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20, Gabriella Ramos, the OECD’s “Friends of Gender Equality Group” convenes ambassadors, directors, and senior thought leaders across the OECD every month to discuss how the gender agenda is being addressed across directorates and to share best practices.