International Women’s Day at Ciarb: How to inspire inclusion

14 Feb 2024 


International Women’s Day 2024 (IWD)takes “Inspire Inclusion” as its theme – with the aim of forging a more inclusive world. At Ciarb we’re seeing more and more women join the private dispute resolution sector and become members of our global community. We’re making good progress on ensuring the landscape is more inclusive for everyone but there is much more still to do. 

This link will provide more information about how we are taking action to improve diversity in the private resolution sector. 

Join us for two complimentary events to mark International Women’s Day: 

Close readers may have noticed that over the last few months, we’ve interviewed a range of female alternative dispute resolution (ADR) practitioners to learn about their career journeys and highlight the wealth of knowledge and expertise they possess. 

We’ve rounded them up for you below. 

Sara Gillingham Aukner FCIArb on why age isn’t experience 

We talk to Sara about why arbitrators should actively encourage new people by appointing them as chair of a tribunal. 


Caryl Lashley FCIArb on why relationships matter 

Caryl talks to us about what it’s like to grow up around the law, her route into mediation, and why education is key. 


Manini Brar FCIArb on why India is a rewarding jurisdiction for an arbitration practitioner 

We speak to Manini about how dispute resolution chose her, why India is poised to become an international hub of arbitration, and why gender diversity is an important conversation in all workplaces. 

Rozana AlTayyar FCIArb on how to create a mediation-first culture 

We speak to Rozana about the average day-in-the-life of a mediator, why it’s crucial to stay up-to-date with advancements in other sectors of dispute resolution, and the importance of continuous learning. 

Deborah Masucci FCIArb on why arbitrators should build their networks 

Deborah shares her insights on the importance of mediation skills programmes, and how to maintain an edge in the field.  

Interview with Funmi Roberts FCIArb 

Funmi shares how a pivotal incident turned her path from litigation to arbitration and mediation. 

Interview with Susan Francombe FCIarb 

Susan explains why communication is her most valuable skills, and tells us about her transition from civil engineer to barrister. 


Also of interest: 

Women in Construction Adjudication 

Kim Franklin KC C.Arb FCIArb shares her thoughts on diversity in construction adjudication in the UK, and recommendations on how we can work to achieve greater diversity in the sector. 

How to improve diversity in the Expert Witness community 

Insights and recommendations on practical steps to improve diversity from Kathryn Britten, Co-Founder of Equal Representation for Expert Witnesses (ERE).