The 6th objective of the Mental Health Institute of Legal Profession (“MHILP“) consists in “To foster the feminine leadership within the legal professions and to break the “glass ceiling” through the establishment of strategic alliances with associations of female lawyers.” Also, the Third Section of the Founding Manifesto of the MHILP highlighted that, among the causes of mental health issues within legal professionals, both of them were the harassment and gender discrimination.
Taking into consideration the above, the President and the First Vice President have agreed to create the Observatory for Gender Equality in Legal Profession (the “Observatory“), a Council of Government’s Delegate Commission, to begin working to fulfill the primary aim of any profession and, especially, the legal one: equality. Inequality is, unfortunately, a major problem in our profession, and the lack of opportunities among our female colleagues is an efficient cause of mental health issues.
For the prior reasons, the Observatory will have as its objectives:
1. To draft publications about questions regarding gender equality within the legal profession.
2. To establish contacts and alliances with associations and groups of female jurists to undersign collaboration agreements that allow the MHILP to work with these associations to achieve the fulfillment of this noble aim.
3. To intervene directly in decision-making procedures related to genders equality, at the same level than the Council of Government.
4. To execute awareness campaigns to help society and professionals to note that the inequality is already a problem.
5. To foster genders equality within Law Schools, Firms and Public Administrations through conferences, intervening in debates, formation courses, as well as in any formative or informative activity related to equality within the legal profession.
To endow the Observatory with its own identity, the Council of Government has also agreed that every publication and institutional messages coming from the Observatory will be preceded by the following logo:
Coordinator: Paula Fraga Arias
Paula Fraga Arias is a graduate in Law (minor: Economics) by the School of Legal and Labour Sciences of the University of Vigo. In 2013, she got de LL.M. in European Union by the European Institute of Bilbao.
Once she ended her academic formation, Paula worked as a legal intern and participated in the drafting of the Strategic Plan of Social and Occupational Reinsertion for Imprisoned Women and Youngsters between 18-25 years old (framework programme of the European Commission-EUROsocial for the cooperation between Europe and Latin America).
Since July 2014, Paula is studying to pass the competitive examinations to access to the Judicial Profession. Right now, she is teaching a course on feminist theory and a workshop to foster women facing the risk of exclusion’s empowerment at the Bonxe’s Penitentiary Facility.