Diversity and Inclusion
Affinitas recognizes the importance of diversity and inclusion as transformative elements of society and the legal market. We are highly committed to respect and equity as fundamental pillars in our development.
We make this commitment to fulfill the social obligation of the legal practice as a profession. Likewise, we hope to build a community where its members are appreciated for their differences and where equal opportunities are promoted, where the generation of innovative products for the community and our clients is highlighted.
We seek the creation of a culture where respect, safety and recognition of each of its members are paramount, which represents a milestone in the lives of millions of people and the possibility of transmitting these advances to the community.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION: FACTS & FIGURES
Latin Lawyer speaks to Gómez-Pinzón partners Natalia García Arenas and Paula Samper Salazar about the firm’s decision to allocate up to four weeks of paternity leave – 20 days more than stipulated by Colombian law. The extended paternity leave policy wins this year’s Diversity Initiative of the Year Award.
Gómez-Pinzón introduced extended paternity leave in February 2020. Employees that have worked at the firm for over two years can now apply for up to 28 days of paternity leave at any time within the first year of having or adopting a child. It is understood that Gómez-Pinzón is the first law firm in Colombia to introduce an initiative like this.
Líder Legal interviewed Angela Natalia García Arenas, partner at Gómez-Pinzón, and Sonia González, associate at Mijares, Angoitia, Cortes y Fuentes, who together with other experts in the region, discussed how to build systems that equalize opportunities for women compared to men, as well as the five challenges that Latin America faces to achieve real equality. To access the interview, click here:
To commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8, Affinitas’ Diversity and Inclusion committee organized the talk “Diversity in Law Firms” given by Tim Girven, Legal 500 editor for Latin America. Tim shared relevant information about gender equality in the Latin American legal industry and the challenges we face.
The event was a great success and gathered more than 200 participants from the 4 firms.
Elimination of violence against women
To commemorate the “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women” on 25 November, our member firm Miranda & Amado organized a webinar around the topic of abuse, femicides and gender violence.
In this opportunity Carmen Kcomt, member of the American Bar Association and the Board of Directors of the Commission to help victims in the office of the California District Attorneys Association, gave us her reflections on this problem that does not let up. Likewise, Marlene Molero, co-founder and CEO of GenderLab, international consultant who today leads projects with IDB and WIPO and expert in gender equality, spoke to us about the advances and setbacks of this struggle.
Both speakers made us reflect and analyze the problem of violence against women and, show us some mechanisms of action to prevent and denounce these cases of violence in our countries.
Affinitas and Laboratoria join forces and organize first regional Hackathon in Latin America. Laboratoria is a non-profit organization that encourages women to develop their skills to work and grow in the digital age. In this digital marathon, in-house legal managers propose some challenges to graduates of Laboratoria to develop digital products.
- 2021, Gómez-Pinzón has been recognized "Diversity Initiative of the Year: Extended Paternity Leave", by Latin Lawyer.
- 2021-2020, Pilar Mata, at Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes, has been recognized “Women Leaders” by IFLR1000, and “Leading Women” in Competition by Global Competition Review 2020.
- 2020, Gómez-Pinzón was named “Outstanding Firm for Diversity & Inclusion - Latin America” by Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Latin America Awards.
- 2020, Carola Trucco, at Barros & Errázuriz, has been nominated in "Outstanding Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion" (South America) by Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: Latin America.
- 2020, Daniela Peña, at Barros & Errázuriz, has been nominated in "Future Leader of Diversity and Inclusion" (South America) by Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: Latin America.
- 2020, Nathalie Paredes, at Miranda & Amado, has been recognized in "Outstanding Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion" (Peru) by Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: Latin America and “Diversity Lawyer of Peru” 2019.
- 2020, Nora Morales, at Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes, has been recognized as the only woman in the Tax Controversy category by WorldTax.
- 2020, Lorenza Langarica, at Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes, has been recognized as “Leading Women in the Latin American Legal Profession” by Latin Lawyer.
- 2019 and 2017, Gómez-Pinzón has been recognized as “Best Firm in Colombia” by Euromoney LMG Americas Women in Business Law Awards.
- 2019, Miranda & Amado take part in the “PAR: Fourth Gender Equality in Organizations Ranking”, conducted by Aequales.
- 2019, Miranda & Amado has been recognized in the “Most Innovative Program for Employee Health and Well-Being” category, where it was named as “highly commended” by Chambers Diversity & Inclusion.