Lawyers, law firms and Bar organisations have been urged by Mrs. Inemesit Dike, founder and CEO at the The Legal Concierge (Inemesit Dike & Co.) to extend advanced and continuing legal education into technology.
She also called on the governments at all levels to help those who are helping others to live meaningful lives and do meaningful work in law and other areas of endeavour.
Dike made the call during the Annual General Conference of the NBA Women Forum (NBAWF ) in Abuja with the theme: “The Role Of Tech In Creating Inclusion In The Law Space And Benefits Of International Collaboration Among Sister Associations.
One of the panel session during the conference examined the current state of collaboration between the NBA Women Forum and sister organisations around the world. Moderated by Oyinkansola Badejo-Okusanya, Partner at the Africa Law Practice (ALP), the panel was made up representatives of various law associations dedicated to the empowerment of female lawyers – Sheryl Galler, Chairperson of the New York State Bar Women in Law Section; Ibukun Alabi, Chair, Business Network at BNLF; Cordelia Eke, who is currently a Director at the Rivers State Ministry of Justice; Amina S. Agbaje, the National President of the Nigeria branch of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA); and Mulikat Thomas, Chairperson of Programmes at the African Women Lawyers Association (AWLA).
Speaking on the topic of discussion, Galler asserted that her organisation’s collaborations across the globe must be a mirror to its own overall objectives – with respect to pay disparities; inclusion and representation in leadership roles; the importance of training and capacity-building; and advocacy for legislation and deliberate policies towards enhancing the rights of women, children and natural environment.
On her part, Alabi saw the need for constant networking, on both bilateral and multilateral levels, which she said her organisation, BNLF, was committed to, as well as raising awareness on the need for women to affirm and promote one another for career and business opportunities.
In line with Alabi’s and Galler’s contributions, Eke, Agbaje and Thomas called on their female colleagues not only to promote greater cooperation among their respective organisations but also among individual female lawyers, saying the ‘Pull Her Down’ syndrome was all too pervasive for comfort. They went on to enumerate their respective organisations’ efforts and programmes towards achieving global solidarity among female lawyers.
During the Q&A session that followed, the President of AWLA, Nigeria’s Mrs. Mandy Asagba, appealed for all female lawyers of African descent – whatever their professional affiliations may be – to come together and see themselves as one big family. Only by doing so, she said, can they hope to present a common front in the fight for gender equity.