Breaking Barriers in Mongolia: A Panel Discussion for International Women's Day

ULAANBAATAR – 4 March 2014 - The Ulaanbaatar office hosted a panel discussion on Breaking Barriers for Professional Women on 3 March 2014, moderated by associates Solongoo Bayarsaikhan and Nominchimeg Odsuren. A group of leading women professionals from the government, academia, NGOs and the private sector has been invited to speak about the obstacles that inhibit Mongolian women from achieving their greatest professional potential.

The key note 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. Other panelists were Madam V. Udval, former Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Justice, Madam Ts. Sarantuya, Professor of Law at the National University of Mongolia and Adviser to the Constitutional Court of Mongolia, Madam J. Zanaa, Executive Director of the Citizens Alliance Center, and Madam J. Battuya, Senior Legal Counsel at Oyu Tolgoi LLC. An open microphone provided the platform for a lively and interactive discussion among panelists and participants. The event highlighted Hogan Lovells 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. Over sixty invitees drawn from the public and private sector, including many in-house attorneys, 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.

Hogan Lovells across Asia and the Middle East has also organised a series of Breaking Barriers events in recognition of International Women's Day.

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