Expansion of ‘breaking.through’ Initiative to Switzerland: Have You Already Found Your Role Model?

17 April, 2020

breaking.through, an initiative founded and led by ArbitralWomen member Nadja Harraschain, has expanded its scope to Switzerland and launched a new webpage.

Under the slogan “Hast Du Dein Vorbild schon gefunden?” (“Have you already found your role model?”), the breaking.through platform showcases successful women working in a variety of different fields: what they have in common is that each has a legal background. The interviews aim to inspire the next generation of male and female practitioners by shining a spotlight on German, Swiss and international role models.

Founder Nadja Harraschain commented as follows:

Since breaking.through was founded two years ago, we have received tremendous feedback and support from our community, ranging from highly qualified and renowned experts in the legal field who wish to contribute to the success of younger female colleagues to students and legal trainees who just begin to realize that issues of equality are still existent. Today, we are thrilled to expand our sources for inspiration to Switzerland with a webpage of its own. We are extremely thankful for the enormous support we received in many different ways from our community, which has made this growth possible.”

Interview subjects to date include ArbitralWomen co-founder Louise Barrington and members Petra Butler, Katrin Hanschitz, Emily Hay, Lucia Raimanova and Ingeborg Schwenzer. Further interviews with ArbitralWomen members Antje Baumann, Ulrike Gantenberg and Dorothee Ruckteschler are available here.

The website is published in German with a number of the interviews available in English.

New interviews will be published on the website and via the breaking.through LinkedIn page. Forthcoming interview subjects include ArbitralWomen members Anya George and Olga Hamama.

In addition to conducting interviews with female role models, breaking.through organises events and provides opportunities for those in need of advice to seek confidential assistance from role models.

Many congratulations to Nadja Harraschain and her team on the expansion of this initiative!

Submitted by Amanda Lee, ArbitralWomen Board Member and Consultant at Seymours, London