Events celebrate International Women's Day

In celebration of International Women's Day, we hosted a series of events across our offices in Asia and the Middle East to celebrate in 2014. Events were held in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Singapore as well as Dubai and Ulaanbaatar, marking Breaking Barriers' inaugural events in those offices.

Our Ulaanbaatar office hosted a panel discussion on Breaking Barriers for Professional Women, moderated by two of our associates. 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 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 included:

  • V. Udval, former Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Justice;
  • Ts. Sarantuya, Professor of Law at the National University of Mongolia and Adviser to the Constitutional Court of Mongolia;
  • J. Zanaa, Executive Director of the Citizens Alliance Center; and
  • 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 our commitment to gender equality and diversity in Central Asia and was covered by local television stations.

Hogan Lovells is the first global legal practice in Mongolia to have sponsored an event dedicated to diversity and the advancement of women professionals. Over 60 invitees 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.


And in Dubai, our award-winning Breaking Barriers initiative hosted a breakfast presentation with leading Emirati scientist Dr. Maryam Matar. Dr. Maryam, a celebrated Emirati doctor who has led pioneering research into UAE genetic disorders, gave an inspirational talk on her impressive career and life achievements, as well as advice on how to succeed as a woman in business. The event saw an impressive turnout of key regional clients, including Credit Agricole, Deutsche Bank, Ernst & Young, Investment Corporation of Dubai, International Finance Corporation, and Standard Chartered Bank.

Breaking Barriers was established in 2009 in Hong Kong, and since then the platform has been expanded to other Asia and Middle East offices. Hogan Lovells is one of the few international legal practices with a highly structured women's initiative across the region, and this initiative truly drives home the diversity message of the firm in Asia and the Middle East. As part of its International Women's Day Inspiring Women Series, Breaking Barriers also hosted the following thought-provoking seminars featuring distinguished speakers:

  • Hong Kong: Crystal Kwok, movie star, talk show host, radio personality, stage actress, and award-winning director, presented on sensitive topics relating to key women's issues of today
  • Shanghai: Aroma therapist Ada Xie helped attendees discover their individual "aroma-personalities"
  • Singapore: Jane Horan, a prominent diversity and inclusion speaker and author, shared her insight on successful career navigation and the importance of building a personal brand in the workplace

In addition, our Tokyo office held its inaugural Breaking Barriers event on 5 February 2014, which was well-attended by our female clients.

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