Press Release:- 2019 marks 100 years since the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act was passed in the UK. This meant that women were able to qualify as Barristers and Solicitors for the very first time.
To commemorate such a milestone, and in celebration of International Women’s Day, 22 year old second year Law Student Faustina Edward will dedicate her blog, The Unicorn Project to highlighting the achievements of female lawyers at home and in the UK.
Edward, who hails from Anse-La-Raye, a village on Saint Lucia’s west coast, is the current President of the Kingston University Law Society and Founder of The Unicorn Project, a blog centered on motivating followers. Recently she expanded her content by introducing The Legal Unicorn as a means of chronicling her journey as a law [and international] student by sharing tips and her experiences in the UK.
Considering the theme for International Women’s Day 2019 – Balance for Better, she has dedicated her fortnightly blog post to women in law, featuring:
Kingston University lecturer Gauri Sinha who was invited by the Jamaican Government to propose amendments to their financial crime laws;
female law students from St Lucia studying in the UK and fellow law students;
female lawyers in St. Lucia including one of St. Lucia’s Crown Prosecutors and her former rank prefect while she attended the St. Joseph’s Convent Secondary School.
This special feature is not limited to members of the legal fraternity but will include women who work in the legal field but have no or little legal background including the Student Recruitment Manager of one of the leading post graduate law schools in the UK, The University of Law.
Although the number of female lawyers has increased over the years, law is still a male dominated field. This year’s theme and 100th year anniversary of women in law is what Edward describes as ‘perfectly aligned’.
Faustina hopes that more girls will feel confident enough to pursue this career and by the 200th anniversary of women in law, there will be more equality than currently exists.