ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA (1 February 2018) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) expressed its support for the enforcement of gender equality legislation in Mongolia, during the Gender and Development National Forum held today in Ulaanbaatar. The forum, which aimed at strengthening cross-sectoral coordination for gender policies in the country, was also supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and the Government of Mongolia and launched the National Program on Gender Equality 2017-2021.
Mongolian Prime Minister Khurelsukh Ukhnaa opened the forum as the Chair of the National Committee on Gender Equality. About 500 representatives from the central and local governments, civil society, and donor agencies attended the forum. ADB Country Director for Mongolia Yolanda Fernandez Lommen and UNFPA Representative Naomi Kitahara delivered opening remarks.
“Gender equality is a cross-cutting theme in ADB’s Country Partnership Strategy for Mongolia. ADB is working with the Government of Mongolia to design projects that address the structural factors perpetuating gender inequality in the country,” said Ms. Fernandez Lommen. “ADB will continue supporting the implementation of the National Program on Gender Equality through forthcoming projects with a strong focus on diverse key gender aspects, including pioneering initiatives like the strengthening women's resilience to climate change and disaster risk project, which will contribute to the creation of green jobs for women.”
ADB has been actively engaged in national gender initiatives in Mongolia since 2009 and has supported the development and enforcement of the Law on Gender Equality Promotion through institutional capacity development. Together with the government, ADB is mainstreaming the gender equality agenda of key development sectors into regular government programs at the national and aimag levels with support from the Government of Japan through the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR). Currently, ADB is processing a JFPR-funded grant project to support the enforcement of the revised Law on Combating Domestic Violence.
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, it is owned by 67 members—48 from the region.