Im­prov­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence re­sponse and waste­water treat­ment

The UB Post - - Domestic -

On Thurs­day, the gov­ern­ment and Asian De­vel­op­ment Bank (ADB) signed a three mil­lion USD grant agree­ment to strengthen the pre­ven­tion and re­sponse to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, and a 20 mil­lion USD loan to ex­pand the scope of on­go­ing waste­water treat­ment projects in Mon­go­lia.

The sign­ing cer­e­mony was at­tended by Min­is­ter of Fi­nance Ch.Khurel­baatar, ADB Coun­try Di­rec­tor for Mon­go­lia Yolanda Fer­nan­dez Lom­men, First Sec­re­tary of Ja­panese Em­bassy in Mon­go­lia Hiromichi Miyashita, and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Min­istry of Jus­tice and In­ter­nal Af­fairs.

Lom­men noted, “The grant is ADB’s first stand-alone pro­ject ad­dress­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, which is a crit­i­cal is­sue with se­ri­ous so­cial and eco­nomic im­pli­ca­tions. The na­tional study re­vealed that women aged be­tween 25 and 49 ex­pe­ri­enced the high­est rates of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence re­sult­ing in loss of work days and in­come in ad­di­tion to phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal dam­age.”

The pro­ject aims to strengthen the qual­ity of and ac­cess to pre­ven­tion and multi-dis­ci­plinary re­sponses to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. Fi­nanced by the Ja­pan Fund for Poverty Re­duc­tion, it will es­tab­lish shel­ters in three prov­inces and two dis­tricts, de­velop in­sti­tu­tional ca­pac­ity, and em­power sur­vivor women eco­nom­i­cally.

The pro­ject will also en­sure ac­ces­si­bil­ity of peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties (PWDs), who are at high risk of gen­der-based vi­o­lence, to pro­tec­tion ser­vices. It will es­tab­lish PWD-ac­ces­si­ble shel­ters and train PWDs as peer ed­u­ca­tors and pi­lot sup­port groups.

Be­hav­ior change com­mu­ni­ca­tion ac­tiv­i­ties un­der the pro­ject will en­gage men, boys and girls in pro­ject sites to in­crease un­der­stand­ing of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and pro­mote pos­i­tive role mod­el­ing be­hav­ior.

As for the waste­water treat­ment pro­ject, 20 mil­lion USD will be spent to re­place out­dated and in­ef­fi­cient treat­ment sys­tems in Baruun-Urt, Bul­gan, Ching­gis, Man­dal­govi, and Mu­run soums, where more than 115,000 peo­ple live in.

“This pro­ject will bring many ben­e­fits to city res­i­dents by fa­cil­i­tat­ing the on­go­ing growth and de­vel­op­ment of the tar­get cities un­der im­proved en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards. It sup­ports ADB’s Strat­egy 2030 by mak­ing cities more liv­able,” said Lom­men.

New waste­water treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties with an in­di­vid­ual op­er­at­ing ca­pac­ity of 3,000 cu­bic meters are planned for es­tab­lish­ment in the five province cen­ters. ADB will also in­vest in vac­uum evac­u­a­tion trucks to im­prove san­i­ta­tion in ger ar­eas and pre­vent ground and sur­face water pol­lu­tion. The pro­ject is ex­pected to be com­pleted by the end of 2021.

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