Women Lawyers Association of the ACT and Hall and Wilcox were delighted to hear from a sensational panel of women lawyers from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds on Tuesday 19 March 2019 at Ovolo Nishi.
The panellist shared moving stories about how their accent, gender, socio-economic status, religion and more have presented as barriers towards their career progression in the legal industry. But also more importantly, we have gained insightful tips on how we, men and women can all contribute towards removing these barriers for women and CALD women. Amongst those tips shared were:
1) Pick your battles and speak up –engage in discussions amongst your advocates first to test your arguments.
2) Be both a mentee and a mentor – you can be a trusted advisor regardless of age or seniority in the workplace; and
3) Follow your heart – find a job that makes you happy.
In light of the recent atrocities in New Zealand, we were reminded to look out for our neighbours, both literal and figurative, and offer solidarity to our Muslim communities, through the horror and bewilderment.
Thank you again to our wonderful sponsors Hall and Wilcox for supporting the event.