Women’s Political Empowerment

Introduction

Mongolia needs to continue its endeavor to improve women’s leadership skills and increase women representatives at all levels of decision making including the coming elections in 2016. Based on the previous success and UNDP’s lessons learned, the Country Office is interested in strengthen gender equality aspects of the ongoing efforts supporting the Parliament of Mongolia and building a foundation for larger interventions targeting women in the 2016 parliamentary and local elections.

The “Women’s political empowerment” project aims to contribute to “achieving of results on gender, through interventions targeted at women”. The project aim has been achieved through making progress towards the following 2 outputs:

Output 1: Promote gender equality result in the electoral and political party reform;

Output 2: Raise public awareness and create positive image of women in politics through building partnership with media, public outreach campaign, and training of journalists.

Output 1: Promote gender equality result in the electoral and political party reform

Development Dialogue on Women’s Political Empowerment: Development dialogue is the flagship initiative of UNDP Mongolia and the tenth Development Dialogue on the topic of Women’s Political Empowerment was held in collaboration with the NCGE on 23 December, 2014.

The dialogue covered conceptual discussions and latest working information and actionable propositions were discussed by incumbent MPs and Advisors to the working groups through: “Introduction of the amendment to the Law on the General Election and the Law on Political Party”. Over 70 representatives including female and male MPs, government officials, Women’s wings of political parties, civil society, academia and international development agencies participated in the dialogue. 

Dinner with political party leaders to lobby for women’s political empowerment: It was a successful event on 20 May, 2015, where 4 party leaders, including the Speaker himself pledged to promote 30% quota and more recognition and support for women in politics. All political party leaders committed to support women’s political empowerment. It was quite exceptional and may eventually bring about the “transformational change” that we are all striving for. Follow up photo album with political party leaders’ speeches distributed to high level male politicians. The album is attached. 

UNDP Regional Gender Advisor, Koh Miyaoi has worked for a week in Mongolia in June, 2015. Ms Koh brings to the position a wide range of skills, knowledge and experience to support the project for achieving output 1. She had several advocacy meetings with Deputy Prime Minister, some MPs and political party leaders, sharing the internatio nal good practices of male gender champions of the high level officials and informing roles of gender champions especially in women’s political empowerment. 

Output 2: Raise public awareness and create positive image of women in politics through building partnership with media, public outreach campaign, and training of journalists.



Organised two times trainings and developed a manual for parliamentarian reporters. Except reporter media management staff plays an important role to disseminate reporters’ product. Thus, we organized successfully a meeting with chief editors of various media organizations as they are gatekeepers.  

Offline media: Eight TV programmes and talk shows on pertinent policy issues on Women’s Political Empowerment produced and broadcasted through MNB and Mongol TV. In addition 6 series of public service announcement and each is 30 seconds produced and not yet broadcasted.

Online media: The prominent two young speakers on gender justice and human rights presented on the platform as TEDxUlaanbaatarWomen2015-Momentium and shared the idea of supporting women’s leadership and empowerment. Will be uploaded soon on YouTube.

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