The Institute for African Women in Law

The Institute for African Women in Law (IAWL) is a Pan-African non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to supporting the formidable works of women in law across the continent of Africa and the Diaspora. Our goal is to be a focal point for addressing issues across the legal and judicial professions.

What we do

With our Flagship Reports, IAWL produces research that informs and transforms the nexus between discourse and praxis to promote transformative leadership and gender equality.

Our networks, cutting across the board in terms of experience within the legal profession, bridge the traditional professional silos between academia, the bench, and the bar.

IAWL is committed to advocating for gender diversity in law – from national to international courts and tribunals, law firms,  and other occupations within the legal field.

Past Events

WE LEAD - Ghana
WE LEAD - Ghana

IAWL held the second Women Experts in Law for Equality and Development (WE LEAD) event in Accra, Ghana on Friday, June 17. WE LEAD is a global network of African women in law with expertise in all areas of the law. In collaboration with AB & David, Africa, Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah, and ENSafrica, we convened women experts in law at Labadi Beach Hotel to socialize, sensitize, and strategize on how we can work collectively to support women in law.

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Gender Solidarity and the Legal Profession: The Role of Male Allies in Ghana
Gender Solidarity and the Legal Profession: The Role of Male Allies in Ghana

IAWL brings a roundtable discussion exploring the role of men as allies in the quest for gender equality. The event brought together leaders within the legal and judicial sectors to explore a series of questions and examine the social, cultural, and institutional norms and practices that create gender inequality within the legal profession.

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New Frontiers for African Women in Law: Aviation, Fintech and Sports
New Frontiers for African Women in Law: Aviation, Fintech and Sports

As legal practice evolves to meet the regulatory needs in new and emerging sectors, women lawyers are increasingly venturing into new and exciting fields of law practice. This requires upskilling beyond the traditional legal education in order to successfully navigate the new frontiers in law practice. This panel consists of African women lawyers who work in three niche areas of law practice: aviation, fintech, and sports, to share their experiences in breaking into their respective fields.

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