Yvonne Elumogo is currently a PhD student at the University of Vienna in the area of International Private Law and Comparative Law and is part of the Ars Juris doctoral school of her university. Additionally, Yvonne is a Pro Bono Counsel at the Vienna Law Clinics – Startup Clinic and she will finish her judicial clerkship within the jurisdiction of the Higher Regional Court in September 2023. Yvonne’s commitment for diversity and inclusion in the legal sector is not only shown through her vast experience at multinational law firms, but also through her active role at non-profit organizations such as the European Law Student’s Association that promote diversity and equality in the legal sector.
Our current workplace culture is not tailored to social realities anymore. It is no longer the case that only one person, per household, is pursuing a career, while the other stays at home. Through my broad experience in the legal sector, I have realized that even though the situation has improved, we are still not where we are supposed to be when it comes to gender equality. This is also the key reason why organisations, such as “Women in Law”, are of such high importance. Promoting gender diversity in the legal field, by raising awareness that issues, such as gender bias, are still very much present, play a decisive role in changing our current situation. Diversity and inclusion must become a matter of importance in business and life, since I truly believe that a diverse work environment, is the only sustainable one.