For the SDC, gender equality is a transversal theme, a theme cutting across all of the SDC’s development programmes where it is systematically fostered. Indeed, the reduction of discrimination based on gender is at once both a goal of development and a pre-condition for development to take place.
SDC in Mongolia: Gender Corner
SDC in Mongolia recognises that gender equality is a key component of development and poverty reduction. We strive to mainstream gender equality in all operations, projects and their activities. In this section, we are sharing examples of gender equality activities in each domain of SDC’s programmes. Human interest stories are presented from project beneficiaries to highlight how our projects contribute to gender equality. Some projects produced videos to visualise the message. Analysing the context with regard to their intervention, our projects carried out the systematic gender analysis digging deeper and identifying underlying questions, and these analysis help projects elaborate strategic needs and learnings to be applied for project implementation. Our work is also contributing to general equality in Mongolian culture and society through small but challenging activities focused on masculinity and stereotypes.
A Project on a Spotlight
Confronting and combating gender-based violence in Mongolia
SDC and UNPFA joint project that aims at combating gender-based violence by identifying the root causes, raising awareness and improving responses by law enforcement and health officials.
Gender equality in Governance
Voicing citizens’ concerns to improve their lives
It is a crisp autumn afternoon. The dazzling sun brightens the colors of the wooden compound walls and dwellings of Chingeltei district. Dulamjav sits in the simply furnished office of the khoroo governor. An engineer by profession, the 58-year old woman is now a full-time politician. In addition to her duties as a governor, she holds one of the 35 seats of the Citizens’ Representative Hural (CRH) of Chingeltei district.
Agriculture and Food Security
Gender Analysis in Pastoral Herding Households in Mongolia
A gender analysis of nomadic herder households was conducted among 301 households living in different parts of Mongolia by SDC’s Green Gold Project. Men and women’s productive and reproductive activities and decision-making powers, their participation in community activities and the role of children were examined.
Vocational Education and Education for Sustainable Development
Mongolia’s “Girls’ Day” as best practice in international career guidance
Placing a special focus on gender and inclusion, the Girls’ Day approach was introduced to Mongolian vocational educational schools and centres through GIZ’s CVT Project, co-financed by SDC and the Australian government. To date, five partner schools have successfully conducted six "Girls’ Days" events to promote TVET among girls from secondary schools from Grades 9-12. This approach was acclaimed as a “best practice of gender mainstreaming” in terms of its target group, activities, monitoring, and success factors. It was featured in the GIZ publication “Career Guidance World-Wide”
Gender Overview - Mongolia: Desk Study:
This 2014 overview describes Mongolia’s gender situation, looking into local dynamics and summarising publicly available information on gender legislation and gender-related issues in Mongolia. Such information is essential to plan interventions that are context relevant and to integrate gender into programming. The document provides clear insights to identify potential entry points, target groups and partners from the legal and policy review, the gendered situation in the economic sphere, political decision-making, education, health, media, and gender-based violence, as well as relevant gender policies in Mongolia. Since 2014, all SDC Mongolia projects have used this document as a reference to mainstream gender equality into planning, programming and implementation.
General public: Transforming masculinities towards gender justice
Engagement with men and boys is critical in addressing gender equality. SDC Mongolia has collaborated with MONFEMNET to target male audiences, creating a critical mass of men and boys who understand gender equality, violence and masculinities and can contribute to positive behaviour changes. The training focuses on transforming masculinities towards gender justice. A complementary approach is the establishment of a network of activists and the building of capacities within NGOs to mobilise communities in preventing sexual and gender-based violence.
Challenging public gender stereotypes
A cutting-edge production combining dance, music and video art that explored different perceptions of gender equality was the first such Swiss-Mongolian collaborative performance staged in Mongolia. “Aquafire”, an Arts Council of Mongolia production, examined patriarchy, democracy and gender equality through the eyes of both men and women, and challenged the gender stereotypes associated with national cultural identity. In conjunction with the performance, the Arts Council of Mongolia hosted an Artsee talk series on gender equality and stereotypes with the production team, a gender-equality activist and other professionals.
Landmark Swiss-Mongolia dance production challenges gender stereotypes, 2015