How does environment intersect with women’s rights?
How do the issues of environment and women’s rights intersect with each other? Over 60 representatives comprised of 60 NGOs in Ulaanbaatar city, as well as Bulgan, Arkhangai, Darkhan-Uul, Dornogovi, Umnugovi and Zavkhan provinces discussed the issue on April 27-29th. As half of the participants represented new organizations, they could enhance their understanding on women’s rights and rights violations through discussion and exchange of ideas. Women’s organizations and groups also discussed how to analyze these issues from women’s rights perspectives. Major points of discussion included how they communicate and collaborate with one another; whether the selected issues are pressing ones for the particular region or not; and, how to collaborate with environmental organizations. For instance, they discussed the following themes: long-term impact of climate change on the women of Zuunbayan soum of Dornogovi province, impact of preserving drinking water in inadequate containers on the health of citizens in Zavkhan Province; high risk of workplace sexual harassment for the women in mining-oriented rural areas in Umnugovi province; and negative impact of Ulaanbaatar city’s soil and air pollution on women, citizens and children. There are many issues as addressed above, but the question is how to solve them and what our role is.
Organizations reached a solution to collaborate with each other in order to solve the pressing issues. Grants worth of MNT 44.7 million were awarded for a total of 13 projects in the areas of women, environment and climate change