Girl Power Triumphs at The Lawyer Awards - Hogan Lovells Scoops Award for Pro Bono Initiative Supporting Female Empowerment and Tackling Gender-Based Violence

Hogan Lovells' Empowering Women and Girls Initiative has been named Pro Bono Initiative of the year at the Lawyer Awards 2017.

The initiative, addressing gender-based violence (GBV) and supporting educational and work-related opportunities for girls and women, is the global law firm's lead focus for CSR and Pro Bono work.  The firm is a signatory to the Women's Empowerment Principles and our CSR and Pro Bono strategy is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals, with a particular focus on Goal 5 – Gender Equality.

Commenting on the award, International Pro Bono Director Yasmin Waljee said:

"We are delighted that this important initiative has been recognised with this prestigious award. Violence against women and girls is still one of the most common human rights abuses worldwide, and the disregard and violation of women's and girls' rights affects society as a whole, transcending countries and cultures.

"This is an area where we can create real impact and systemic change to the lives of individuals. We are one of the only large law firms to adopt a global lead Pro Bono initiative to enable us to monitor our impact, develop expertise and work thematically across all our offices."

In 2016 Hogan Lovells assisted 65 victims of GBV in the UK alone, including securing compensation of £294,797 for 18 victims, while also running large-scale projects globally to address women's empowerment and GBV.

In June and September 2016, the firm worked with the Balkans Regional Rule of Network (BRRLN) to deliver training on GBV to lawyers and civil society members in Albania, Bosnia, Macedonia and Serbia. GBV is particularly pervasive throughout the Western Balkans and there is often little legal advice available to victims. Working with local and international experts, and with extensive experience of obtaining domestic violence injunctions both in the UK and the U.S., Hogan Lovells developed a comprehensive programme on international standards connected to domestic violence and how to obtain a domestic violence injunction.

Programme leader, partner Julianne Hughes-Jennett, says:

"This work demonstrates how you can connect with law firms and NGO's around the world to try to enhance capacity in those areas. The programme has had immediate effect with one lawyer in the region acting pro bono to secure an injunction for a woman. It chimes with what we are trying to do as a firm, not only in terms of women and young girls but also in advancing the rule of law, and I'm absolutely delighted that it has been recognized as important work."

Hogan Lovells received the award at a ceremony celebrating excellence and best practice in the legal industry at London's Grosvenor House Hotel last night (27 June), attended by more than 1,300 private practice lawyers and senior corporate counsel.

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