GENDER ON THE AGENDA: A SURVEY OF THE VICTORIAN LEGAL PROFESSION VWL has launched Gender on the Agenda: A Survey of the Victorian Legal Profession and is seeking responses by Monday 15 October 2018. The pay gap in the legal sector is close to 30%. This is partially explained by occupational segregation but that’s not the full explanation. Women make up only 10% of CEOs or managing partners in law firms but account for 70% of the industry including the majority of junior lawyers. Gender on the Agenda aims to help us understand when and how women lawyers encounter the pay gap and how and why it becomes entrenched.
VWL are seeking input from all employers on pay gap analysis, PAE levels, parental and carer leave policies, flexible work practices, career progression and pay transparency. Employers will also have the option of sharing their de-identified policies to contribute towards the development of best practice guidelines. Those employers leading the way will have the option of nominating for the inaugural VWL Pay Equity Award.
DAME ROMA MITCHELL MEMORIAL LUNCH, VWL and Women Barristers’ Association are proud to present the annual Dame Roma Mitchell Memorial Lunch, which commemorates Dame Roma Flinders Mitchell: the first Australian woman to be appointed Queen’s Counsel, judge, chancellor of an Australian university and State Governor. This year we are delighted to present keynote speaker Professor Gillian Triggs. Former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission and champion of the disempowered, Gillian Triggs is currently a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Vice President of the Asian Development Bank Tribunal. Gillian was recently appointed Chair of the United Nations Independent Expert Panel on Abuse of Office and Harassment.
REGISTRATION CLOSED - FUNCTION TO CAPACITY 2018 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION Victorian Women Lawyers is proud to join Holding Redlich in hosting the 2018 VWL Annual General Meeting and Christmas Celebration. The AGM will commence at 5:30pm sharp, during which the Executive Committee will report on another busy and successful year and members will also have the opportunity to formally elect our new leadership team for 2019. VWL encourages all members to attend the AGM.
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