Background and purpose


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Our entire existence is entirely dependent upon the intricately woven “web of life” that is caregiving.

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Opening Session

09:00 -

Welcome Remarks

  • Enkhjargal, National Coordinator, MONFEMNET National Network
  • Catherine Ivkoff, Ambassador of Canada to Mongolia
  • Mark Koenig, Country Representative, The Asia Foundation
09:20 -

Launch: Building a Movement for Women’s Economic Empowerment

  • Enkhbayar, Secretary, National Committee on Gender Equality, Head of the Secretariat
  • Enkhjargal, National Coordinator, MONFEMNET National Network
  • Movement Core Group Members’ Statements

Moderator of the conference: A. Solongo, national expert on gender, teacher, doctor, professor at the University of Mongolia

Plenary Session: Economy and Gender

10:00 -

“Why is Gender Important for the Economy?”

  • B. Otgontugs, Professor, Faculty of Economics, School of Sciences, Mongolian National University
10:15 -

“Care Economy”

  • G. Tsolmon, Deputy Project Manager, Women’s Economic Empowerment Program, The Asia Foundation
10:30 -

Open discussion

11:00 -

Photo Session

11:15 -

Tea break

Panel Discussion 1: Barriers to Young Women’s Participation in Economic Activities

11:30 -

Moderator: B. Zolzaya, Gender and Development Researcher, Lawyer

Video: Job opportunities for young women with young children


  • Myagmar, Department for Pre-School Education, Ministry of Education and Science
  • Altantulga, Employment Policy Implementation and Coordination Department, Ministry of labor and Social Protection
  • Oyundari, Coordinator, Beautiful Hearts NGO; Case Study Team Leader
  • Tungalag, National Coordinator, “All for Education!” National Civil Society Coalition

Open Discussion

Panel Discussion 2.  Workplace Adjustment and Job Opportunities for Women with Disabilities

12:20 -

Moderator: B. Boloroo, Officer, Population Development Policy Implementation and Coordination Department, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection

Video: Workplace Adjustment and Job Opportunities for Women with Disabilities


  • Nyamsuren, Director General, General Authority for Development of Person with Disabilities
  • Odgerel, Coordinator, Project for Promoting Employment of Persons with Disabilities (DPUB2), Japanese International Cooperation Agency
  • Oyuntugs, Chair, Firefly House NGO; Case Study Advisor
  • Gantugs, Head, Human Resources Department, APU JSC

Open Discussion

13:10 -


14:00 -

Collective Care

Panel Discussion 3: “Salaried Mother” Program

14:20 -

Moderator: M. Bolormaa, Chair, Women Leaders Foundation; Case Study Team Leader

Video: Salary? or… Welfare?


  • Mandkhai, Head, Social Welfare Policy, and Implementation Department, General Office of Labor and Social Welfare Services
  • Enkhtsetseg, Program Manager, MONFEMNET National Network; Case Study Team Member
  • Ariunsanaa, Founder, FemTech Solution Co. Ltd., Developer of Hello Baby application
  • Badamtsetseg, Founder, Momade Virtual Assistance Agency

Open Discussion

Panel Discussion 4: Barriers for Micro-businesswomen in Accessing Loans

15:10 -

Moderator: B. Lakshmi, Director, Economic Policy, and Competitiveness Research Center

Video: Loan Requirements Not Suited to Micro-businesswomen’s Conditions  


  • Enkhbayar, Secretary, National Committee on Gender Equality, Head of the Secretariat
  • Nomindari, Chief Executive Officer, Mongolian Sustainable Finance Association
  • Tuya, Founder, Nogoodoi Brand; Case Study Team Member
  • Munkh-Erdene, Head, International Relations Division, Trans bank

Open Discussion

16:00 -

Tea break

Plenary Session: New Initiatives

16:20 -

Sustainable Financing: Gender Bond

  • T. Delgernaran, National Project Coordinator, UNDP Mongolia
16:35 -

Ensuring Respect for Human Rights and Gender Equality in Business: Policy Trend and Innovative Practices

  • G. Zoljargal, Business and Human Rights Specialist, UNDP Mongolia
16:50 -


17:20 -

Concluding Session

  • Conclusion
  • Presentation of the draft outcome document
  • Discussion
  • Formation of the working group to finalize the outcome document
17:55 -

Closing Keynote

  • D. Enkhjargal, National Coordinator, MONFEMNET National Network
19:00 -

Fiesta Feminista Solidarity Party (separate program)

Through Women's Eyes

National Network of Feminist Movements (МОНФЕМНЕТ) is a non-partisan, non-governmental organization with a mission to serve as a strong driving force for the development of a national, broad based, democratic, sustainable and transformative movements for women’s human rights, gender equality, substantive democracy and social justice with our 19 member organizations.

  • Liberal and live space: Emphasizes the exchange of information, knowledge, experience, and peer learning.
  • Independent Public Platform: Promotes broad, multidisciplinary policy dialogues on neglected issues.
  • Multi-stakeholder Representation: Supports marginalized groups to represent themselves and voice their opinions.
  • Analysis: Focuses on building capacity for gender-sensitive analysis based on human rights, humane social values, and core principles of democracy.
  • Driving Force for the Activism: Provides a strong mechanism for strengthening national movements for transformative social changes
  • Because simply men’s perspectives and feelings are insufficient for developing policies and making choices;
  • Because women’s opinions and experiences are still underrepresented in public policy and decision-making;
  • Because women are more affected by ineffective government policies in their children, families, and personal lives.
  • Influence Policy: Inform a wider public on human rights-based and gender-sensitive analysis and seek potential solutions;
  • Strengthen movement: Strengthen the affiliation, collaboration and solidarity of civil society organizations, groups, citizens, and other stakeholders, thereby strengthening the national movement for transformative social change;
  • Enable Space: Enable an independent, diverse and equal rights-based public space for citizens and civil society to discuss and determine their independent positions on policy issues;
  • Build Capacity: Strengthen the analytical capacity in the areas of human rights, women’s rights, gender equality, participatory democracy, socio-economic justice, sustainable development, as well as their interdependence and close coordination;

Brief about the movement

Initiated in 2020, the movement is committed for women’s economic rights and empowerment. MONFEMNET is a national network that works for expanding and strengthen the movement as well as its capacity.

To sustain a long-term movement to jointly build a society where women’s rights and empowerment are ensured, we have formed a core team consisting of representatives of various women’s groups, human rights and women’s rights organizations, and the process of empowerment, reaching a consensus, and collective analysis is ongoing. This core team embodies the diversity of knowledge, expertise, and voice of organizations, groups, and people.

What is movement?

Various initiatives aimed at promoting women’s entrepreneurship and economic rights are implemented, yet majority of them are short-term and only address the visible consequences of the problem. However, the causes that maintain women in a position of economic independence have more to do with inequalities than with the individual. This context induces a movement because it requires changes in structure and system.

A movement is a process in which many organizations, groups, and people collaborate at various periods using various strategies and approaches to achieve a common vision and purpose. People are not monolithic; they are diverse within themselves, so it is necessary to have a broad base covering their multiple representations. With the better organization of the core of the movement, the movement will be strengthened by collective reflection, analysis, and collective leadership.

Movement concept

Vision: Building a humane, democratic and just society that ensures all girls and women – regardless of age, disability, geographic location, educational level, sexual orientation, gender expression, ethnicity, or marital status, equal access to all socio-economic and other rights and freedoms and are free from any social discrimination and violence.

Mission: Develop political awareness, solidarity, and collective power, as well as conduct collective action aimed at resolving issues by securing the economic rights of girls and women from diverse socioeconomic groups, and their empowerment, and addressing the underlying causes and influencing factors.

We are working to strengthen the capacity for analysis and advocacy by ensuring the participation of underrepresented, marginalized and neglected groups such as micro-entrepreneurs, disabled people, people living in remote areas, single-headed households, LGBTIQ community, and young mothers taking care of their children.

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