HeForShe cam­paign ar­rives in Mon­go­lia

The UB Post - - Domestic - By R.UNDARIYA

On July 8, the HeForShe Cam­paign will be launched in Mon­go­lia by the United Na­tions Pop­u­la­tion Fund. The launch­ing of the cam­paign is to take place at the State Palace with 800 at­ten­dees.

Head of the HeForShe move­ment El­iz­a­beth Nya­ma­yaro, who is also a po­lit­i­cal sci­en­tist and se­nior ad­vi­sor to Un­der Sec­re­tary Gen­eral and Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor to UN Women, will take part in the event.

On Septem­ber 14 last year, UN Women Good­will Am­bas­sador Emma Wat­son gave a speech for the HeForShe cam­paign at the United Na­tions head­quar­ters. Through­out her speech, the ac­tress men­tioned a num­ber of rea­sons as to why the con­cept of fem­i­nism is ideal for men too, and how fem­i­nism can im­prove the men­tal health of men. It was shock­ing for the au­di­ence across the globe to hear that sui­cide rates in men in­creased by 24 per­cent in the past 15 years and how this is due to the dis­torted no­tion of mas­culin­ity and the ex­pec­ta­tions placed on men.

Fur­ther­more, Wat­son stated that fem­i­nism ben­e­fits both fam­ily life and so­ci­ety as a whole be­cause chil­dren need their fa­ther in their lives. Women are ex­pected to take care of the home and the chil­dren, which is why men end up miss­ing a cer­tain per­cent­age of their child’s early life. This may po­ten­tially end up de­vel­op­ing long term psy­cho­log­i­cal effects on the child as well.

The cam­paign’s goals are to bring to­gether one half of hu­man­ity in sup­port of the other half of hu­man­ity, for the ben­e­fit of all.

The cam­paign was launched all over the world, in­clud­ing Africa, Amer­ica, Caribbean Arab States, North Africa, Asia and the Pa­cific and Europe and Cen­tral Asia. In less than three weeks, the UN Women Cam­paign is set to be launched in Ulaan­baatar too.

A large por­tion of the Mon­go­lian pop­u­la­tion are no­madic herders. Af­ter the so­cial­ist sup­port for no­mads were cut off, many fam­i­lies aban­doned herd­ing and moved to the city. How­ever, the an­cient stereo­type of women tak­ing care of house­hold du­ties still abides like law and some girls are kept out of school to look af­ter her sib­lings and the home. Due to low ed­u­ca­tion and lack of aware­ness about their rights, many women are abused and their hu­man rights vi­o­lated.

Ad­di­tion­ally, more women than men in Mon­go­lia are un­em­ployed. Pri­vate com­pa­nies are hes­i­tant to ac­cept fe­male work­ers. They claim that young women ei­ther take ex­tended leaves or drop out of the la­bor force when they be­come preg­nant. The United Na­tions Devel­op­ment Pro­gram re­leased in a re­port that “there is a wage gap in Mon­go­lia. Women are un­der-rep­re­sented in sec­tors with higher pay”. More­over, there has been a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in the num­ber of fe­male-headed house­holds be­cause of male un­em­ploy­ment, which re­sults in dire rates of al­co­holism, crime and do­mes­tic abuse.

Mon­go­lian women are faced with many dif­fi­cul­ties as large por­tion of Mon­go­lians liv­ing un­der the poverty line are fe­male-headed house­holds. How­ever, as stated in Asia So­ci­eties, an en­cour­ag­ing trend is the recog­ni­tion of the se­ri­ous prob­lems fac­ing Mon­go­lian women where ed­u­cated women have banded to­gether to form non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions to pro­tect and ed­u­cate woman in the la­bor force, in­clud­ing the Women En­trepreneurs of Mon­go­lia and Women for Change.

Hope­fully with the launch of the HeForShe cam­paign, men and women will be­come more ed­u­cated on the mat­ters of gen­der equality and un­der­stand how fem­i­nism does not only ben­e­fit women but men as well.

In such man­ner, in or­der for Mon­go­lia to pros­per, all re­sources need to be al­lo­cated evenly. More em­ploy­ment for women would re­sult in more eco­nomic growth as there are more peo­ple em­ployed in the econ­omy. The ul­ti­mate goal of HeForShe in Mon­go­lia is to even­tu­ally have 500,000 men stand for women’s rights.

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