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IE Women: innovation, equality, and empowerment in 2020

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In preparation for this event, Executive Director LLB Programs and Director Law School, Eugenia Castrillón, has supervised a working group of both male and female undergraduates and master students.

At IE Law School, we take gender equality seriously. Women make up 69% of our staff and 51% of IE undergraduates. After graduation, many of our female students go on to become leaders of corporations, founders of companies, high-level executives and pioneers within the business world. We believe it’s our job to provide the women within our organization all of the tools and opportunities they’ll need to excel in today’s global landscape.

With this in mind, we’ve created the IE Women initiative, which seeks to inspire women and support them on their path toward success. By designing solutions to attract and retain female talent in business, technology, and entrepreneurship, this initiative empowers women from diverse backgrounds to step into their roles as the change-makers and thought-leaders of tomorrow.

As part of this IE initiative, and in celebration of International Women’s Week, on March 3, IE Law School will join forces with one of the world’s top law firms—Allen & Overy—to discuss the subject of gender inequality. Tackling Gender Equality: A Responsibility for All aims to generate a constructive conversation about how to achieve greater equality within the legal profession.

In preparation for this event, Executive Director LLB Programs and Director Law School, Eugenia Castrillón, has supervised a working group of both male and female undergraduates and master students.

Together, they’ll closely examine the challenges and realities faced by women in the legal sector today. Using their unique and valuable perspectives, students have worked together to prepare a document that will be discussed in more detail during the event’s panel.

The panel will include: Marlen Estevez, president of Women in a Legal World and partner at Roca Junyent; Clara Cerdán, general counsel at Ferroatlántica; Emma Morales, counsel at Allen & Overy; and Ignacio Hornedo, partner at Allen & Overy. For an additional perspective on the issues discussed, Enrique Fayos, who won a scholarship for his study on the glass ceiling, and Lupita Prada, who has been heavily involved with the project, will join the panel.

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Lupita Prada Jiménez, a fifth-year student studying the Bachelor in Law and International Relations, is part of this working group. Expressing her belief in the imperative to combat gender inequality, she believes that “as law professionals, it is our inherent duty to fight for justice and equality. Gender equality should not be the exception.”

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Bachelor in Law and Business Administration student Mateo Mollier is also involved. Stressing gender equality as an issue that affects both men and women, Mollier thinks that it is “important for men to worry about what can be done to achieve gender equality objectives, both as a lawyer and as a person.”

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Esther Warburg, who is studying for a master in Law and Corporate Advice, added that equality starts with schools and universities: “There is no better way to get involved than by starting with education.”

Education is one of our greatest tools for empowerment and IE aims to inspire women. At IE Law School, we believe in creating opportunities for our students to share their opinions, and have their voices heard. Thanks to this event and its working group, we’re helping students to learn and grow, while attempting to build a better, brighter and more equal future for all.

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