This month’s issue of Asian Legal Business (ALB) focuses on the Women in Law Forum (in May), discussing the barriers to career progression that women have faced in Asia. Despite the region’s rapid economic growth and increasing number of highly qualified women, evidence shows that there are few women in top positions in law firms. The magazine’s July issue addresses these barriers, mostly “cultural, implied, and occasionally entrenched deep in the psyche,” why they are prominent, and how to tackle them.
Darani Vachanavuttivong and Tiziana Sucharitkul, co-managing partners at Tilleke & Gibbins, were interviewed for this first issue of the Women in Law initiative by ALB. The interview focuses on the variety of roles (being a leader, a mother, and a professional) they have had to balance, the long hours required by their jobs, the culture of women at work in Thailand and whether discrimination is a problem, any future obstacles women may face, and advice for young female lawyers. Darani Vachanavuttivong and Tiziana Sucharitkul were chosen among four other women to share their experiences, tales of inspiration, and road to the top.
After this first issue, the Women in Law initiative will become a monthly feature on the problems faced by women in the workplace, and will essentially provide a platform that promotes connectivity, awareness, and collaboration in finding practical solutions.