International Women’s Day 2016

To celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day, JUSTICE brings together a collection of interviews with women working across the spectrum of our justice system.

From interns to members of our senior judiciary, they told us about the challenges and rewards of working for justice.  They tell us what inspires them and about the particular obstacles which women face in seeking to access justice, both at home and abroad.


Andrea Coomber, Director, JUSTICE said:

I’ve had an exceptional opportunity to work with many inspiring women in the course of my career in the law, both in the UK and abroad.  The particular challenges faced by women working in the law and women looking to access justice remain stark.

Although we are using International Women’s Day to start this conversation, JUSTICE believes that every day must be a day to celebrate women’s contribution to justice.  Anything less than parity isn’t just bad for equal rights, but bad for our justice system.” [Read more from Andrea]


HelenaKennedy-photo2-e1418041959924Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Chair JUSTICE Council, said:

“The world has changed since I wrote ‘Eve was Framed’ in 1992, but there’s still much work to be done to achieve parity in the professions and equal access to justice for all.  I would sign those books with the dedication “The law needs good women”.  That’s as true today as it was then. 

This collection of interviews brings together a brilliant group of ‘sisters-in-law’.  As the UN today calls on us all to make a pledge for parity, they tell us that there is hope for a future where the talent of women lies at the heart of a fair and equal system of justice.” [Read more from Helena]


Join us on 19 March 2016 for our Annual Student Conference to hear Andrea Coomber, Director of JUSTICE, in conversation with Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty. Sign up now.

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