Hogan Lovells launches global initiative to empower women and girls

Hogan Lovells has pledged to address problems faced by women and girls the world over, committing to a global initiative which will see lawyers in every office commit a significant proportion of their annual pro bono hours towards the cause.

The firm has launched the initiative to coincide with the fifth anniversary of its merger, and has signed up to the Clinton Global Initiative, committing to a three-year project. It will partner with 25 non-profit organisations in a bid to tackle three key areas. The first is gender-based violence, the second enhancing educational opportunities and the third empowering women to shape society.

The firm is focusing its efforts both locally and internationally. It will continue to search out opportunities across its citizenship, community investment, diversity, environment and global giving policies in addition to giving pro bono support.

The firm signed a global committment earlier this year, pledging that every lawyer would complete 25 hours of pro bono every year, while non-legal staff members would spend 25 hours on voluntary work.

Hogan Lovells chair Nicolas Cheffings said: “We want to play a role in the narrowing of the gender gap, which has plagued the economic, social, and political rights of girls and women.

“Our Empowering Girls and Women Initiative, launched as we celebrate our fifth anniversary, takes our global citizenship policy one step further, and our work with world-class NGOs will mobilise and energise that commitment.”

Human Rights First president and CEO Elisa Massimino added: “An estimated 21 million victims, the majority of them women and girls, are trapped in modern slavery, exploited for sex or labour in the fastest-growing criminal enterprise in the world.

“We are excited to be partnering with Hogan Lovells, expanding our efforts to develop practical policy solutions to end impunity for traffickers and dismantle the business of human trafficking.”