WHAT: This project will engage people of all genders in the legal profession in New Zealand about sexual harassment, bullying and gender equality and produce a solutions-focused report capturing ideas for change. The report will be passed on to the Law Society, Minister of Justice, law firms, law faculties and other interested and related organisations and parties.
WHY: There has been good documentation of the problem through other fora. This report is aimed at the next phase: capturing creative options for change. We hope the report will be a useful resource for organisations and individuals when thinking about how to tackle the difficult and longstanding problems in the profession. The success of the project will be measured by the extent of participation, and the response from stakeholders once it is published. In particular, we will be keeping an eye out for uptake of the ideas.
WHO: Lawyers, non-legal support staff, law students, legal academics and people who have previously been lawyers but are no longer practising are all encouraged to participate. Possible solutions are currently being formulated at the firm or Law Society level. This is important work, but we believe that everyone involved with the legal profession has important ideas for how the profession can change.
This project is coordinated by a group of lawyers who are women, but is not affiliated with any particular organisation or sector of the profession. Our hope is to encourage free and critical engagement with the issues.
HOW: We have run workshops in the main centres in New Zealand, collected comments on this website, and run an online survey. Our idea-generating phase is now over, and the report is currently being drafted. If you have any final comments or suggestions that you wish for us to include in the report, email us your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.