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Baker McKenzie has announced its support for two campaigns promoting gender equality to mark International Women's Day.

Firstly, we announce our global support for the HeForShe movement. HeForShe is a solidarity campaign for the advancement of women, initiated by UN Women. Its goal is to achieve equality by encouraging men to be agents of change and to take action against negative inequalities that women still face today. The Firm is asking all employees to make a pledge to commit to personal action that will help advance gender parity.

In addition, we've also partnered with research agency Quest to publish "Make It Happen: How Women Leaders Unleash Their Strengths." This report provides visibility into the journeys of senior women executives, including women from our Firm, who share their stories on how they have developed careers and lives they can thrive in.

Constanze Ulmer-Eilfort, Global Chair of our Diversity and Inclusion Committee, said: "Providing equal opportunities to both women and men helps us grow our talent, build and consolidate a strong reputation and improve competitiveness and financial performance. But above all, it's the smart thing to do — gender equality isn't a women's issue, it's a business issue.

"At our Firm we recognize the importance of pushing for gender equality for both our clients who expect it, and our people who deserve it. So today on International Women's Day, I am delighted to be able to make these two important announcements."

Baker McKenzie has a long history championing women in leadership and it was the first law firm to adopt gender diversity targets. In FY17, the Firm announced 80 partnership promotions, 40% of which were women — a market-leading number for any law firm.

Baker McKenzie also announced its support for the Gender Equality Leadership Project, led by the United Nations Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC), which will launch on International Women's Day. The three-year initiative in Canada will focus on bringing together corporate partners, including Baker McKenzie, to develop, test and implement a set of tools leading to a "blueprint" for gender equality in the private sector, as well as a certification methodology.

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