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Inclusion & diversity

Improving the gender balance in our firm across all offices and at all levels of seniority is a top priority.

We continue to devise and implement targeted and tailored strategies that will deliver on our goal of an equality of opportunity, aspiration and experience.

We are proud to be a majority female firm but we know we must work to ensure that this is reflected at all levels of our business.

#EachforEqual for International Women's Day

To coincide with International Women's Day 2020, Clifford Chance offices across the world are joining together to pledge our support for the #EachforEqual campaign, which reminds us that each of us are the most effective ambassador for change in our own space, and aims to celebrate women and campaign for gender equality.

Thank you to your gender parity changemakers at Clifford Chance 💜

Watch personal role model shout outs from Matthew Layton, Lizzie Goodburn, Sharis Pozen, Stephanie Ofili, Laura Yeates, Melissa Fogarty, Joanna Charter, Nadia Kalic and Matthew Newick, from the comfort of their own homes.

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Pro bono work supporting women's rights

A spotlight series on a selection of gender-focused Clifford Chance pro bono work.

Refugee charities

Led by Anna Simpson, Clifford Chance is working with refugee charities in producing ‘topic guides’ relating to gender persecution in five countries. The guides are being drafted by a team of trainees, led by Anna Simpson. Refugee charities will use them when assisting women fleeing persecution who are seeking asylum in the UK.

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Housing representation

M.J. Yoon and Christina Profestas are representing Ms. Broadies Key-Byas, a disabled minority woman who was the target and victim of one of many deed theft scams plaguing gentrifying neighbourhoods in New York City.

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TrackGBV

Emily Goddard and Sam Harris are tackling gender-based violence in the Pacific Islands as part of the 'TrackGBV' programme, in partnership with the international Center for Advocates Against Discrimination (ICAAD).

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Role model shout out

Who is your role model at Clifford Chance? We're shining a light on colleagues we admire who in their own way contribute to a more gender equal environment.

Thais Garcia, Partner

Nominated by New York colleague

"Thais has been an exemplary mentor to several generations of associates, many of whom are women, and we are confident that she will only continue to gain influence both inside and outside the firm in the years to come."

Sharfah Mohamed, Graduate Lawyer

Nominated by Sydney colleague

"I think Sharfah's name definitely warrants being put forward for a shout out. It's been fantastic to watch her lead from the pack and, in absence of any official committee or management decision, spearhead a firm social initiative - a book club - that everyone can get involved with. It is great to see a grad with so much passion."

Gerard Saviola, Partner

Nominated by London colleague

"I have witnessed Gerard repeatedly calling out lack of diversity he sees within the firm. For example, he will not attend meetings where we send an all-male team, and he is willing to call out all-male meeting groups and suggest the need to make the Clifford Chance team more gender diverse."

Event highlights

From client breakfasts, panel events, and book launches, here's how we're celebrating International Women's Day 2020.

Advice to my Younger Self

London, United Kingdom

The London Accelerate>>> Committee hosted a lunchtime panel event which was live-streamed to our Newcastle office. The event focused on the relaunch of the Advice to My Younger Self booklet. Laura King, Caroline Firstbrook, Chinwe Odimba-Chapman, Melissa Fogarty and Caroline Meinertz all featured on the panel where they spoke about goals, careers, challenges and advice. The event provided a great dialogue between senior female role models and more junior members of the firm.

Literacy India

Delhi, India

This year, with the objective of encouraging better menstrual hygiene practices across India, our Delhi office sponsored the installation of a vending machine for sanitary napkins at Literacy India’s school. We have also sponsored the maintenance and refill of the vending machine for the duration of one year. The vending machine is now accessible to over 300 students and women working for a token charge of Re. 1.

Pledge for equality

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

At the end of February, we hosted an evening reception to celebrate and support International Women's Day and the #EachForEqual campaign in our Dubai office. We encouraged guest to sign/make pledges to change one thing about their life which will improve gender equality to those around them. Over the course of the evening guests shared many ideas to promote gender equality, highlighting how we as individuals can make a difference. Partner Qudeer Latif delivered a speech to thank everyone for attending and for making their individual pledges to promote gender equality.

In discussion with... Sandie Okoro

Washington, DC, USA

In honor of Black History Month and the #EachforEqual International Women's Day campaign, our Washington, DC office hosted a panel discussion with two of the legal profession's most inspiring figures, Sandie Okoro and Rhoda Weeks-Brown. Moderated by associate Liz Wangu, Sandie and Rhoda spoke about achieving inclusivity in the workplace, what Black History Month means to them, and shared tips for young and aspiring lawyers aiming to pursue a career in law.

Brand New You

Sydney, Australia

In February, we hosted a breakfast workshop with Emily Kucukalic, Founder & Managing Director, Brand New You, Australia’s number one personal branding agency. Emily is a professional trainer whose workshops are geared at encouraging women to own their presence and position in all aspects of their working and personal lives.

Global Digital Network

Germany

Our offices in Germany have a partnership with the organisation Global Digital Women, which is a network of female digital pioneers. Their main goal is to make the world more digital and more diverse. In February, we ran a networking event in association with the group.

I pledge to...

We are proud to support the #EachforEqual campaign by encouraging our people to make an individual pledge for progress in creating a more gender equal world.

Shona Sibbald

General Manager, Middle East

"I pledge to support other women at every possible opportunity."

Qudeer Latif

Partner

"I pledge to challenge conscious and unconscious behaviour, and value women and men's contributions equally.

Nicola Reader

Counsel

"I pledge to talk to my little boy about the achievements of inspirational women role models."

Accelerate>>>

Our global gender parity group, Accelerate>>>, is committed to taking bold actions to accelerate the pace of change towards gender parity and drive forward an inclusive and diverse culture. It's about all of us contributing to a culture, where everybody has the opportunity to succeed.

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Accelerate>>>'s strategic pillars

  • Institutional Change: Increas​ing representation of women in senior positions and expanding inclusiveness
  • Knowledge: Raising awareness and understanding of Accelerate>>>, its strategy, and the importance of its aims
 
 
  • Connections: Networking, sponsorship and role models
  • Visibility: Increasing the visibility of women both internally and externally​

 
  • Pro Bono: Supporting women and the advancement of women's rights and parity through pro bono work and community outreach projects
  • Action by All: Creating change by engaging everyone across the Clifford Chance network and leveraging all of the firm's expertise, talent and resources

Advice to My Younger Self

Reflections of Succesful Women Lawyers profiles the professional journeys of some of our female partners, associates and alumnae around the world. The purpose of this project is to show younger women entering the legal profession the diversity of pathways to success as a woman in law, and also to share practical learnings and tips.

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First 100 Years

In 2019, to mark the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 which paved the way for women to become lawyers for the first time in England, Accelerate>>> is proud to sponsor UK charity Spark 21’s First 100 Years, an ambitious video history project documenting the journey of women in the legal profession from 1919 to the present day.

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