Promoting gender equality in public decision-making and women’s empowerment in Mongolia

Status: Active
Duration: 2021 – 2024
Budget: US$3,056,455
Coverage: National
Target groups:

Women who are currently in politics or planning to pursue public leadership career, women and young women, political parties, voters

Focus Area: Gender Equality in Decision-Making

Standing Committee on State Structure, Parliament of Mongolia, Secretariat of the National Committee on Gender Equality, National Human Rights Commission, General Electoral Commission, National Statistics office, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, Civil society organizations, NGOs

Project document:

Promoting gender equality in public decision-making and women’s empowerment in Mongolia


Project summary   

In recent years, Mongolia has passed several legislative acts which protect the rights of women and prohibit all forms as discrimination. Despite this, women occupy just 13 seats in the Parliament, while men hold the remaining 63. The current proportion of women parliamentarians in Mongolia (17%) is far behind the global average of 24%, and places Mongolia 121st out of 193 countries in terms of the number of women in its parliament. There are also no women governors of provinces and cities in Mongolia. The Law on Gender Equality (2011) prohibits gender-based discrimination in political, legal, economic, social, cultural and family relations and establishes gender ratio targets to be applied to political positions and senior administrative positions at different levels within the civil service.

The  KOICA-funded ‘Promoting gender equality in public decision-making and women’s empowerment in Mongolia’ project will be implemented from 2021 until 2024, and aims to contribute to gender equality in decision-making by implementing a range of activities under 6 outputs, including strengthening legal environment, strengthening support networks for women aspirant candidates, expanding the profile and number of women eligible for public decision-making, and improving gender awareness among voters, political parties, and the media.

Major Activities

  • Drafted bills to strengthen legislative framework for gender equality
  • Strengthening networks for women aspirant candidates to build support mechanisms
  • Increasing the number of eligible women for public decision-making
  • Enhancing awareness of voters on gender equality
  • Raise awareness of prospective women candidates within political parties
  • Improve media awareness on gender equality

Expected Outputs

  • Strengthened legal environment
  • Strengthened network for women aspirant candidates
  • Expanded eligible women for public decision-making
  • Enhanced awareness of voters of gender equality
  • Enhanced awareness of political parties for prospective women candidates
  • Improved media awareness of gender equality