In Austria the amount of non-financial reports is growing as a result of the implemented EU directive. However, the unfortunate truth is that only a few companies offer a detailed description of their diversity concept in their corporate governance reports.
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Renowned scholar Prof Sally Wheeler discusses the findings of her EU report on the Representation of Women and Men in Legal Professions Across the EU.
An often-suggested way of dealing with the challenge of working in a law firm and maintaining a relationship is that one person pursues a career at a law firm, while the other person works only part-time or takes care of the children. Very often the reality is that if one person out of a couple chooses the option of working part-time or staying at home, it is usually the woman. And exactly this convention is not acceptable and has to be rethought.
There are many opinions and arguments in the discussion about women’s advancement, often based purely on personal experience. They can be very individual and subjective, and may distort the view of the bigger picture. Maybe a closer look at the facts can help to clear up some beliefs that do not reflect reality. Luckily, there is a recent report for the EU parlament’s judicial committee that provides many insightful numbers, facts and analyses.