Women Lawyers Association of the ACT and The Law Society of the ACT were delighted to host the annual law week dinner of 2019.
Guests huddled around a fire with drinks in hand and the evening was kick started by a moving welcome to country from Serena Williams, a proud and respected Ngunnawal - Wiradjuri Elder.
In between enjoying our delectable meal, attendees were delighted to hear from distinguished guest speaker, Azmeena Hussain who amongst wearing many hats, is a Principal at Maurice Blackburn.
Azmeena shared with us her touching personal story on why she aspired to be a lawyer and unsettling statistics of women and women of CALD background who have to put in more job applications than an average man to secure a position - effectively commencing their careers with a huge setback.
She reminded us that as lawyers we are in a position of influence and we should not let bystanders and divisiveness become the norm. She added organisations should continue to challenge the status quo and negative rhetoric to promote equality.
Azmeena warned, however, that there is a fine balance between recognising achievements of a woman or woman of CALD background as tokenism and celebrating them and making concerted efforts to foster these achievements.
Leaving us with lots of reflect on, it is safe to say that a fabulous night was had by our inspired guests.