Lizzette Robleto de Howarth joined the Law Society in December 2015 as International Programmes Manager, responsible for its public interest work and legal assistance. In 2018, she created the International Women in Law (IWiL) programme and has developed the research methodology to investigate the status of gender equality in the legal sector. She researched and authored the Law Society’s global report “Advocating for Change: Transforming the Future of the Legal Profession through greater Gender Equality” (June 2019).
She also co-authored the joint Law Society / Bates Wells global report “Practical Toolkit for Women in Law” with Melanie Carter, Partner at Bates Wells (March 2021). She is currently leading on several “Women in Law” research projects. She is also a co-author of the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC) report “A Window of Opportunity: Support to the Rule of Law in Guatemala” (March 2020).
Despite progress, gender equality is a human right that remains unfulfilled and, consequently, many of the rights that accompany such equality are trampled on and/or are neglected for many women globally. Women lawyers are not exempt and, as a result, they continue to face many challenges including discrimination, bias and prejudices. More significantly, societies have yet to change many discriminatory practices and mindsets as to make women realise their full potential. And yet, gender equality is essential for economic prosperity and it is well-known that societies that value women and men as equal are safer and healthier. That is why I am committed to improving the situation of women in law.