FGV´s Sao Paulo Law School launches WoMENTOR, a mentoring program that addresses gender issues
On March 10, the FGV´s Sao Paulo Law School’s Legal Practice Coordination Office launched its Mentoring Program for Women, or WoMENTOR for short. The aim of the program is to connect female alumni (including recent graduates) with female students to conduct a six-month period of one-on-one mentoring. The program is also open to female students and alumni of the school’s graduate courses and female employees.
Cassia Nakano, the school’s legal practice coordinator, says that the idea behind WoMENTOR is to create a space and support network for the careers and professional lives of women at the FGV´s Sao Paulo Law School, bringing together female students, professors and employees. According to her, the initiative arose when several female alumni sought to continue to share their experiences after graduating, building on the networks formed by traditional students’ groups during undergraduate courses.
Professor Adriana Ancona, the school’s vice dean, says that linking debate on professional subjects with gender issues is an increasingly common trend. “It is hard for women to conduct their professional life in a patriarchal society,” she says. “Despite all the advances we have seen, we still face gender challenges.”
The program’s launch event was attended by appeal court judges Kenarik Boujikian and Magda Biavaschi, who talked a little about their legal careers, especially the challenge of joining the judiciary when it was still a space restricted to men, featuring several obstacles for women. The meeting ended with a moment of integration for 28 pairs of mentors and mentees, who will have a schedule of meetings in the next six months.