Morning Briefing: Gender equality won’t happen without change says report

by Steve Randall23 Jul 2015
Gender equality won’t happen without change says report
Gender equality at the bar will not happen unless current trends change. That’s the conclusion of a new report from the Bar Council of England & Wales. The report ‘Momentum Measures: Creating a diverse profession’ looked at historic data to forecast when equality might be achieved. It found that fair balance between men and women called to the bar was achieved in 2000 and more women are now called than men.
However women are more likely to leave the profession and less likely to convert the call to the bar into practice. For that reason, and unless the call to the bar increases to a 60:40 split in favour of women, the report says that gender equality in practice will not be achieved “in the foreseeable future”. The report also looked at the level of BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) barristers has achieved or exceeded targets and there is now a higher proportion of practising BAME barristers than in the general population.
 
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