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For the longest time, GBV, especially domestic violence (DV), was an issue seen by most as a “private affair” between couples. Because it was not seen as a social issue, few resources were allocated to protect survivors and prevent violence. However, over the years, this mindset has shifted and GBV is now acknowledged as a widespread issue that must be addressed by the government as well as by civil society, the private sector, and society at large. Due to the tireless work and advocacy of gender equality activists and organizations, including the work of UNFPA and SDC in Mongolia, there are now mechanisms that protect survivors of violence and hold perpetrators accountable. With these response systems in place, there is now a need to focus on catalyzing an even greater sociocultural shift to adopt more gender equitable norms, attitudes and behaviors so that GBV can be eradicated altogether.

UNFPA works to reduce the prevalence of gender-based violence (GBV) and domestic violence (DV) prevalence in Mongolia by further strengthening national capacity for prevention and response.

The Combating Gender-based Violence in Mongolia project aims to support the Mongolian Government and society in combating/eliminating GBV/DV by: 

  1. Institutionalizing and sustaining the national response mechanisms on GBV/DV, specifically through the strengthening and institutionalization of mechanisms for survivor protection and rehabilitation, as well as of the GBV/DV data collection, analysis and dissemination.
  2. Engaging selected parts of the population, including men and boys, at the community level to be made aware of and to behave according to gender equitable social norms. This will be done through the piloting of comprehensive GBV/DV communication, education, and behaviour change models at the community level, building the GBV/DV prevention and response capacity of the Government and CSOs at the local level, and implementing a voluntary perpetrator rehabilitation model. 
  3. Multi-stakeholder cooperation and inter-sectoral coordination.