Bringing Women Together in Law: Her Forum

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Women have shattered glass ceilings across fields. They have balanced and fought with traditional gender roles, to establish themselves as capable, competent and confident working women who are indispensable to the organizations they work for. In the legal space, we keep hearing about brilliant lawyers and their roles and bringing about social change. We read stories of Deepika Singh Rajawat, and her fight to bring justice to the Kathua rape victims family, we read about Arundhati Katju and Maneka Guruswamy, and their pivotal role in the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the country.

Nehan Sethi, the founder of Her Forum, and a young lawyer found the need for a platform to connect women in law. To bring them together, to allow the entire gender to help and grow with each other. She wanted to create a space where women receive recognition for their work, support each other, learn and grow their network. Thus, try in bridging the gender diversity gap that exists in the legal ecosystem in India.

At Her Forum, the goal is to bring conversations and insights from women with strong voices in the profession, to inspire the journey of other women; and build (both virtual and non-virtual) communities, which could serve to foster networking, peer to peer learning, which then translate to mentorship and friendship.

In this spirit, the team has interviewed several notable senior women lawyers, such as Geeta Luthra, Zia Mody, Pratibha Jain, Mrunalini Deshmukh and Nandini Khaitan, and also younger women lawyers with inspiring journeys, such as Ankita Singhania, Ambika Hiranandani and Roma Priya, amongst others. They have also hosted roundtable discussions and knowledge sharing events on important issues at the intersection of women and law, with firms and organizations such as Nishith Desai and Associates, Harvard Law School’s Women Alliance and One Future Collective.

Conversations and communities bring out change. Nehan, along with her incredible team is consistently working towards creating a safer, healthier space for womxn. Maithili Parikh, who is Chief Strategic Officer has played a critical role in the development of Her Forum. She did her LLM for Harvard Law School and is currently a counsel in the Bombay High Court. Aashna Zaveri who is Outreach Manager has helped in growing the online presence for Her Forum and Cheshta Tater is the Creative Head for the platform. Also on the team are Suvarna Dubey as Blog Editor, Hiral Nagori as video editor and content creator and Somya Sharma as Social Media Manager.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg said, that women belong in all places where decisions are made. Despite legal classrooms having a 50-50 ratio, why is it that there is still an abject shortage of female judges in the Supreme Court, senior counsels in High Courts.

With platforms like Her Forum, becoming part of the system, there is a paradigm shift incoming!

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