The American Bar Association (ABA), through its Law Scholarship (LS) and Internship Program, hosted an annual International Women's Day Breakfast Roundtable: Women in Legal Careers - Leadership Perspectives on March 8, 2022. It was an opportunity for ABA alumni and current scholarship recipients to discuss topics such as the emergence and promotion of women's leadership in the DRC with a focus on the judicial sector and the participation of women lawyers in decision-making processes.
The discussion was divided into different topics of interest and the conversation was kicked off with a short presentation: Women in Legal Careers in the DRC by Rita SALAMA, a former LS program beneficiary, lawyer at the North Kivu bar, currently employed at ABA as a technical supervisor of civil society organizations. The second sub-theme was Leadership and Women's Empowerment presented by Nina CHIZUNGU, an LS program intern at the ABA legal clinic in Goma. The last discussion point on the agenda was experiences between fellows in their daily and professional life, which allowed for a meaningful exchange between former and current scholarship recipients.