ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA (30 March 2017) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) opened a workshop to kick off a technical assistance (TA) on “Gender-Responsive Sector and Local Development Policies and Actions” on 29 March. Financed by the Government of Japan through the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction, the TA workshop drew more than 45 participants from the government, donor agencies, and civil society.
The Vice Minister for Labor and Social Protection S. Mungunchimeg, ADB Mongolia Country Director Yolanda Fernandez Lommen, and the First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in Mongolia Hiroshi Fukasawa were keynote speakers.
“Gender inequality is a significant constraint on economic growth and poverty reduction,” said Ms. Fernandez Lommen. “Realizing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls will make a crucial contribution toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.”
The TA executing agency is the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, and the implementing agency is the Secretariat of the National Committee on Gender Equality. Direct project beneficiaries are civil servants, media practitioners, private sector, academia, and local NGOs.
Under the TA, the national, sector, and local gender equality policy framework will be adopted, as a step to ensuring implementation of the Law on Promotion of Gender Equality, in ADB focus areas — education, urban development, agriculture, and social protection. Besides an innovative national multimedia campaign to raise public awareness, extensive capacity building activities will be conducted on gender-responsive planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation nationwide.
Innovative pilots of the TA include development of gender e-learning modules for senior officials to be piloted at the Ministry of Finance, and guidelines for preparation of Gender-inclusive Workplace Action Plans in private sector; and the partnership with local Associations of Civil Society Organizations in target Selenge and Dornogobi aimags. Further, Mongolia will host the first high-profile international conference on the gender equality Sustainable Development Goals framework under the TA.
ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, ADB is celebrating 50 years of development partnership in the region. It is owned by 67 members—48 from the region.