DLA Piper Africa, Tanzania (IMMMA Advocates) and DLA Piper has been awarded the 2021 IBA Group Member Award for Europe and Africa for the exceptional support and contributions to the work, projects, key objectives and aspirations of the International Bar Association (IBA).
The two firms were recognized for supporting the IBA in Africa on harassment and sextortion, in particular raising awareness that sexual exploitation is a global issue lacking representation as a criminal practice in law.
The IBA is the global voice of the legal profession and the foremost organisation for international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. Established in 1947, shortly after the creation of the United Nations, it was born out of the conviction that an organisation made up of the world's bar associations could contribute to global stability and peace through the administration of justice.
Sadock Dotto Magai, Managing Partner at IMMMA Advocates, commented: ‘Our involvement [in the project] opened our eyes and created awareness to understand the danger of sextortion as a crime of corruption and sexual exploitation of vulnerable people. We shall continue to be ambassadors in the United Republic of Tanzania to promote awareness of sextortion’.
Charles Severs Managing Director for the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa at DLA Piper, said: ‘DLA Piper is proud to support the IBA’s ongoing efforts to address bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession. We must all work to achieve safer and more supportive work environments where people feel that they belong, that their voice counts and that they can prosper’.
Peter Otero, PR Manager, DLA Piper
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