Read how Nehan Sethi founded Her Forum, which is a platform and community for women in law, to end gender-based discrimination in law.

Gender-based discrimination has its roots unfurled everywhere and the field of law is no exception.

Women make up merely 30 per cent of India’s top 30 law firms and only 25 per cent of the top 100 corporate dealmakers.

– Legally India

Observing this sad reality closely and witnessing a related incident during her internship in Delhi stimulated Nehan Sethi, a  recent law graduate from Symbiosis Law School, Pune, to start  Her Forum, a platform and community for women in law. The idea is to build a strong community of women in the same field and to foster networking, meaningful conversations and peer-to-peer learning.

The inherently biased mindsets, lack of recognition, opportunity discrepancy towards women gave rise to this new platform to discuss, seek and give guidance and mentorship to each other.

“I don’t think everything is gender-based but when it comes to your personal journey, there is definitely a difference in what you face as a woman,” says Nehan.

Having access to a network of inspiring women and mentors could be the greatest source of inspiration, and so Nehan began with profiling experienced female lawyers for the portal and interviewed certain renowned lawyers like Zia Mody and Geeta Luthra.

Her Forum Virtual Networking Event
Her Forum Virtual Networking Event

Her Forum hosted virtual networking events for female lawyers to connect for personal friendship, support, and professional guidance; organized events to share insights from the leading women in the field; and conducted masterclasses to add value through the community.

This platform is all about women supporting women. It still has many roadblocks to overcome but it promises to fulfil the vision of the founder, to be a one-stop-shop for all women in the legal field.

Read how Gender-based discrimination also affects the politics of a country.

Researched and Written by Garima Mangla, Team ulaunch.

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