Combating Gender-Based Violence in Mongolia

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Aiming at sustainable change of behaviour and mental disposition, the 2nd phase of this project seeks to protect the victims of Gender-based Violence (GBV), women/girls and men/boys, and to mitigate the root causes of violence. This follow-up phase focuses on the consolidation and institutionalization of GBV prevention and response mechanism. The project is in line with Mongolia’s and Switzerland’s commitment to combat GBV and gender inequalities.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Human rights
Sexual & gender-based violence
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
Legal and judicial development
01.08.2020 - 31.07.2023
CHF  2’730’000

-    High prevalence of Gender-based Violence (GBV), and especially Domestic Violence (DV), widespread in all segments of the society both in rural and urban areas;

-    National GBV survey of 2017 (1st phase of this project): 57.9% women experienced intimate partner abuse at least once in their lifetime. The survey provided recommendations where to intervene to prevent GBV and how to protect victims; 

-    Two key legislations addressing gender issues passed in the last decade, promoting gender equality and criminalising domestic violence;

-    Parliamentary and local elections in June and October 2020, and related governmental staff changes: need to ensure sustainability of project by sensitizing and training new duty bearers, as well as to institutionalize and consolidate, mainly at local level, interventions of the 1st phase;

-    Corona Virus (COVID 19) crisis: reported DV increased during the first quarter 2020 by 18.7%.

Objectives To reduce the prevalence of Gender-based Violence /Domestic Violence in the country by further strengthening national capacities for GBV prevention and response.
Target groups

-    For the whole project at national and local levels: GBV survivors, individuals at risk of GBV, perpetrators of GBV, and policy and decision-makers. With this 2nd phase, men and boys also specifically targeted and engaged to contribute to GBV prevention; 

-    For the community-based initiatives’ part of the project: same target group, but in 5 (out of 21) provinces and 1 district of the capital city Ulaanbaatar to be selected, based on their high GBV prevalence revealed by the GBV study done in phase 1.

Medium-term outcomes

1.    Government response mechanisms on GBV/DV are institutionalized and sustained including regular and improved data collection and analysis; and strengthened survivor protection and rehabilitation mechanisms; 

2.    Selected parts of the population, including men and boys, are engaged at the community level to be made aware of and behave according to gender equitable social norms.


Expected results:  

-    GBV/DV survey, data collection, analysis and dissemination mechanisms are institutionalized; 

-    GBV survivor protection and rehabilitation mechanisms are strengthened; 

-    Comprehensive GBV/DV communication, education and behaviour change model at the community level is piloted in focus areas; 

-    The capacity of soum/khoroo-level government administration and CSOs on GBV/DV is strengthened;

-    Voluntary perpetrator rehabilitation model is implemented.

Results from previous phases:  

-    First national GBV Survey in 2017 revealing the prevalence of GBV in the country, as well as forms, causes, risk factors, and effects of GBV;

-    eGBV integrated database system developed at the National Police Authority to regularly collect data on GBV/DV cases from police stations in all 21 provinces and 9 districts of Mongolia, as well as from One Stop Service Centres (OSSCs) and shelters for survivors of GBV; 

-    31 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) developed and approved to help line ministries/agencies to operationalize the Law to Combat Domestic Violence (LCDV) in their areas of competencies; 

-    National-level Coordination Council on Crime Prevention (CCCP), headed by the Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs, as well as 30 sub-national CCCPs at provincial and district levels established; 

-    Multidisciplinary teams established at the primary administrative units and members trained; 

-    9 new OSSCs established, while 6 existing OSSCs received technical support.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • United Nations Population Fund

Other partners
Contribution to the United Nations Population Fund UNFPA
Coordination with other projects and actors

·       ADB Gender Project

·       SDC Projects in Mongolia:
        -    Education for Sustainable Development

        -    Understanding and Managing Internal Migration

        -    Governance and Decentralisation Programme

        -    Mainstreaming Social Accountability

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    2’730’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    2’562’031
Project phases

Phase 2 01.08.2020 - 31.07.2023   (Completed)

Phase 1 01.05.2016 - 31.07.2020   (Completed)