The Women in the Profession (WIP) initiative continues with its purpose of promoting women to occupy high positions in the legal industry.
Pursuant to the statistics they manage, Chile appears as one of the most backward countries in female participation in the legal private practice. The measured period, that goes from 2012 to 2018, starts with the worst base among the studied countries: 6.19%, to then reach year 2018 with 14.6% of inclusion. This, in a context where 57% of law schools graduated are women.
Patricia Silberman, partner of Carey, and Carolina Menichetti, partner of MB Abogados, are the WIP representatives in the country and both describe the challenges for this year.
«Our main goal as WIP local chapter, and as Chilean representatives in the International Steering Committee in charge of the program, is to promote the development of the careers of female lawyers in our country», explains Menichetti.
«We expect to consolidate the Chilean chapter of the program and intensify our activities, focusing on the development and positioning of women leadership in the legal world. We will organize events allowing us sharing the best practices among the various firms. In particular, related to measures focused in young female lawyers to promote the development of their careers, sharing tools with them, and specially seeking to avoid the loss of talent of women, that currently occurs”, she adds.
On the other hand, Silberman indicates that «the final purpose is to achieve that more women occupy leadership positions. Until now mentorships, seminars and social activities, both with men and women, have been very appreciated in the legal world».
She says that they expect to find more women in positions such as law firm partners or legal managers in companies in the medium term.
Regarding the actions to take for this exercise, Silberman indicates that «we are thinking to carry out a new version of the program Learning to Lead, with a few changes to expand it and include more companies, firms, academic centers and governmental organisms».
«Likewise, we are evaluating to carry out a program which purpose is to reinforce soft skills in women that are in the career to occupy leadership positions», she adds.
The WIP program, of the Cyrus R. Vance Center, was borne in 2007 and is present in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Uruguay.