Gender equality is thankfully, ever increasing within contemporary society. However, when considering statistics regarding gender diversity within the court and judiciary system, Lady Hale has made her opinions clear. Lady Hale states that women are still ‘seriously under represented’ and that a way to address the issue of gender imbalance could be to ‘positively discriminate’ on the basis of gender.
This month, The Law Society, The General Council of the Bar of England and Wales and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, have made a huge step forward and have joined forces to launch The Women in Law Pledge. The pledge aspires to create a diverse and inclusive profession which aims to tackle gender inequality.
All three organisations are showing their commitment to support and empower women’s progression to senior roles within the legal profession and create action plans that are suitable and reportable publicly, to show they are satisfying their promises.
This is huge!!
The theory of pale and male elitists dominating the legal profession historically could be soon an archaic opinion. The legal profession should be completely diverse in all aspects, irrespective of gender, race, culture, sexuality etc.
To be able to deliver the most fair and ‘just’ judgments, it is only right that our justice system represents our diverse and ever changing society.
One step at a time.
Written by: Laurie-Elizabeth Ketley
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