Empowered Women Empower Women – 28th March 2018

The ‘Empowered Women Empower Women’ event held at the Aviva building in London on 28th March 2018, in collaboration with The Law Society’s Ethnic Minority Lawyer’s Division (EMLD) and sponsored by Liberty Law Solicitors was a huge success.

The near capacity audience heard from 3 champions of diversity: Aswini Weereratne QC (Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers & Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Health, Education & Social Care Chamber); Jaswant Kaur Narwal (Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS South East) and Vidisha Joshi (Solicitor & Managing Partner at Hodge Jones & Allen LLP). Each recounted their journey into law, the struggles they faced as women and how they overcame them.

Aswini Weereratne QC mooted the importance of why we should promote women and why women and equal rights should be on the agenda at every workplace. It’s not good enough to simply say that inequality should not exist, but to take action to eradicate it.

Jaswant Kaur Narwal encouraged women everywhere to get themselves involved in committees and to influence the equal rights debate within their own workplace. Be the change!

Vidisha Joshi said that it was imperative to believe in oneself and to be determined and resilient in order to achieve your goals. You may not get to where you want to be at the first attempt but never give up and always believe in yourself.

Attendees left inspired and enthused and the feedback on the night was amazing. Here are what some of our guests on the night had to say:

“Awesome event. Really inspirational!”

“Great event. Inspiring speakers and great turn out!”

“A great event by SAL. Keep up the good work!” 

“Some really useful tips and guidance from seasoned practitioners. It’s good to know that women can have it all!”

While a lot of progress has been made already in the movement for equal rights, there is still a long way to go. A recent Ipsos survey showed that people in Britain believed that equal pay would be achieved by 2035. However, going by the current rate of progress, equal pay will not be achieved until 2117 (a difference of 82 years between perception and reality). There needs to be more awareness and education but also greater action needs to be taken by the decision makers in this regard.

All 3 speakers echoed this sentiment and emphasised the need for women to become the decision makers and to effect real change.

Our special thanks to the panel for taking time from their busy schedules to speak at this event and for being such an inspiration, to The Law Society’s Ethnic Minority Lawyer’s Division (EMLD) and to our sponsors, Liberty Law Solicitors.

*Look out for our next events on 27th April in Birmingham. Check our events page for more information.

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