Women's Economic Empowerment project advisory committee meets virtually

2021-04-29 14:00:13

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. On April 27, 2021 the Women's Economic Empowerment project held its bi-annual Project Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting. The meeting was attended by representatives of Global Affairs Canada, Canadian Embassy in Mongolia, the WEE project team, and members of the PAC. The meeting was chaired by D.Doljinsuren, Project Manager, on behalf of MONFEMNET National Network. 

In his opening remarks, Glenn Zyzanski, Head of Development Cooperation at the Embassy of Canada in Mongolia, highlighted the achievements of the first year of the project, and underscored the alignment of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy with efforts being made in Mongolia by private and public sector organizations to ensure gender equality.

PAC member, MP Kh.Bulgantuya agreed with the results of “Covid-19 Impact Assessment on Women in Micro and Small-scale Businesses in Mongolia” completed in the first year of the project and expressed her willingness to cooperate to develop policies towards supporting SME businesses, particularly those run by women entrepreneurs.

T.Enkhbayar, Chief of the NCGE Secretariat, expressed gratitude to the Government of Canada and emphasized that increasing women's labor participation and economic empowerment is one of the five priorities for the Government of Mongolia to ensure gender equality in the coming years.

In September 2020, the Asia Foundation launched a four-year Women’s Economic Empowerment Project in Mongolia funded by Global Affairs Canada.  The project has three main objectives: i) improve the management, programming and sustainability of civil society organizations working on women’s economic empowerment; ii) support and develop coalitions and networks for gender-sensitive social and economic policy change; and iii) nurture current and aspiring women-owned businesses, building on the success of The Asia Foundation’s Women’s Business Center.

Source: Women's Economic Empowerment Project in Mongolia