The President of the International Bar Association (IBA), Almudena Arpón de Mendívil Aldama, will tomorrow launch the “IBA Women’s Day,” a worldwide event in celebration of women legal professionals. The event coincides with the 2023 International Women’s Day anniversary.

Conceived by Ms Arpón de Mendívil and developed in collaboration with the IBA Women Lawyers’ Committee, the IBA Women’s Day will see simultaneous events in the form of fireside chats or panels take place across several jurisdictions around the world.

This inaugural event is aimed at guiding the younger generation of female practitioners in their professional careers, with senior women in the law sharing their experiences to reach and maintain senior positions.

The African Regional Forum of the IBA will be participating in this inaugural event by hosting a virtual international women’s day session with participation across several African jurisdictions on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, from 3:00 pm to 4: 00 pm (West African Time).

The Pan-African IBA event is structured as a virtual event hosting a panel discussion on “Gender Equity: Innovation and Technology as Catalysts for Progress.”

The session will be moderated by Yinka Edu, Partner at Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie. The panellists include:

i. Justice Sanji Monageng, the Botswana High Commissioner to South Africa;
ii. Amina Abugdanpoka Kaguah, Head of Office & Head of Corporate Commercial Practice ENSAfrica, Ghana;
iii. Ruth Sebatindira, Founder Ligomarc Advocates/Commissioner, Judicial Service Commission, Uganda; and
iv. Mayowa Kuyoro, Partner, McKinsey & Company.

The discussions will focus on:

a) each speaker’s experience in reaching the top of their respective positions and maintaining senior positions;
b) the professional barriers that women in the legal profession still face and which stifle the attainment of gender equity;
c) how lawyers across the world are working towards the attainment of gender equity in the legal profession;
d) the role which technology and innovation can play in closing the gender equity gap; and
e) how digital innovation can be harnessed to improve legal services, and any innovative solutions that address the challenges for African lawyers and empower women.

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Time: 2:00 pm (Ghana),3:00 pm – (Nigeria), 4: 00 pm (Botswana & South Africa), 5:00 pm – (Kenya & Uganda)

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For more information regarding this event, kindly contact Adeola Sunmola (adeola.sunmola@uubo.org), the IBA Women Lawyers’ Committee’s Liaison Officer to the IBA African Regional Forum.

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