Breaking Barriers in Ulaanbaatar
DiversityAsia Pacific and Middle East
The Ulaanbaatar office hosted a panel discussion on Breaking Barriers for Professional Women in March 2014, moderated by two associates. A group of leading women professionals from the government, academia, NGOs, and the private sector were invited to speak about the obstacles that inhibit Mongolian women from achieving their greatest professional potential.
The keynote speaker was Madam Ivana Grollova, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to Mongolia, who spoke about the challenge for women to progress professionally while maintaining a balanced personal life. An open microphone provided the platform for a lively and interactive discussion among panelists and participants. The event highlighted our commitment to gender equality and diversity in Central Asia and was covered by local television stations.
Mongolia has celebrated International Women's Day as an official holiday for many decades. The topic for the Breaking Barriers panel session was based on the United Nation's theme for 2014: Equality for Women Is Progress for All. More than 60 invitees drawn from the public and private sector, including many in-house lawyers, participated in the event, which was followed by a well-attended networking cocktail reception. Hogan Lovells is the first global law firm in Mongolia to have sponsored an event dedicated to diversity and the advancement of women professionals.