Art, change, and empowerment: Hogan Lovells supports 100 years of women's suffrage through PROCESSIONS

London – As the UK celebrates 100 years of women’s suffrage, Hogan Lovells is proud to be an affiliate sponsor of PROCESSIONS – A Portrait of 21st Century Women, a nationwide interactive artwork event culminating in a series of processions across four of the UK’s largest cities on Sunday, 10 June, 2018.

Participants will come together to create a vast participatory artwork for one day in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London. It will be screened live by the BBC.

Among the art celebrating a century of women’s suffrage will be 100 official banners, each individually commissioned from female artists and groups from around the country. The banners pay homage to the important role art played in the original suffragette movement. The banners will also recognise the diverse voices of girls and women from multiple backgrounds across the UK.

Hogan Lovells has involved students from community investment partner Elizabeth Garett Anderson School in creating additional banners which they and firm representatives will carry when participating in the procession on June 10th.

Speaking about the event, Susan Bright, Hogan Lovells’ Managing Partner - UK and Africa, said:

“We are excited to be supporting this event, and we’re looking forward to participating in what will be a memorable day. It is important to recognise the effort and sacrifice British women made to earn us the right to vote that can so easily be taken for granted in today's modern society. It’s also important to recognise that this right is not yet universal, and around the world girls and women are still struggling for the right to participate fully in the political process.

"The first woman to be admitted as a solicitor in England was in 1922. That was a major milestone – it gave women a place in a profession that is rooted in questioning, analysing and, in many ways, driving change. We need to encourage people to build on what others have achieved, by engaging in the democratic process and in the communities where we live and work.  At Hogan Lovells we encourage people to be themselves at work and to engage in pro bono and community work, giving back to others. I see the positive impact on our business day to day."

Hogan Lovells is the only international law firm sponsor of the event. Support for women’s suffrage has clear ties to the firm’s Empowering Girls and Women Initiative, a global commitment to tackle gender-based violence, promote girls’ education, and support women in business. It also furthers the firm's commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, specifically Goal 5 (Gender Equality) and Goal 16 (Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions).

More details of PROCESSIONS can be found at where individuals and groups can register to participate.

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