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Happy International Women's Day!

This year’s theme, “Break The Bias” calls for action to dismantle the biases that limit women globally from making further advances in society. IAWL celebrates African women in law who have broken, and continue to break, barriers as they push for a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive legal system.

To commemorate this year's International Women's Day, we are releasing the first issue of the IAWL Magazine. This inaugural issue profiles 50 women in law from across Africa who are inspirational figures in their home countries and beyond. The 50 women in this selection have made monumental contributions to the legal field, and their impact will undoubtedly shape the future of the legal practice for years to come.

Among many other African women in law, IAWL celebrates the legacy of Essi Matilda Forster — the first woman lawyer in Ghana. Today, we release a booklet that shares her life story as told by her daughter, Estelle Appiah (nèe Christian).


We asked the IAWL team:

What does your ideal world look like when we #BreakTheBias?



We are launching the IAWL Leadership Academy, which curates discussions and power-chats with distinguished women in law across Africa and the Diaspora who share their experiences, strategies and triumphs in their careers in law. Check our Events page for more details.


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