Samina Iqbal of Goldsmith Chambers helped set up and co-found WiGS – Women Internationally Gaining Skills at the start of 2020. The aim of the project is to deliver training in advocacy and legal skills to female law students, advocates and barristers internationally. In particular, WiGS aim to focus on countries, where there is greater need for legal representations of women appearing in Courts at all levels and a marked absence of female advocates able to provide such representation. The WiGS project aims to positively influence fair representation of women at the Bar. The training followed ‘The Hampel Method’, which has been recognised as a highly successful method of advocacy training since its introduction and is approved by the four Inns of Court in the UK. This methodology continues to be the foundation for training of law students and newly qualified Barristers in England and Wales
WiGS’s first project met with immense positive and enthusiastic participation, running successfully from the 6th March 2020 to 8th March 2020 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It was organised in collaboration with iProbono and the Centre for advanced Legal Studies (CALS) and received support from the University of Dhaka, Role UK and UK Aid.
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