But what happened, we wonder?
Gender inequality, uncoscious or even conscious bias and other issues afflicting women in the legal profession, but nothing said – to us anyway – other than a pronouncement from convenor Steph Dyhberg, the summit convenor, via a Facebook post on the Wellington Women Lawyers page – not even on the much-unread Women in Law Summit’s own Facebook page.
Attending the Women in Law Summit has been interesting and also troubling. Our profession is now female dominated by the numbers. We have gender equity issues that are real, well researched and documented. Racial, disability, sexual identity, age and other forms of illegal discrimination are under-recognised.
The Human Rights Act requires that we eliminate all forms of discrimination, both direct and indirect. We, as a profession, as employers, as leaders must therefore take all reasonably practicable steps to eliminate all forms of discrimination. That requires awareness of the problems, identifying strategies to address the problems, setting goals, implementing the plans and measuring outcomes. Accountability is key.
Agreed . . but what now? Who said what, about whom, and to whom? Did men attend? Who? Which way did anyone go after this, or was it like so many summits . . a deductible talkfest. We truly hope not.