About Women’s & Adolescents’ Reproductive Empowerment (AWARE)
A staggering number of women and adolescents in Mongolia have difficulty in achieving reproductive health due to financial shortfalls, insufficient sex-ed, and weak overall health systems. It is estimated that Mongolia has 3,500 teenage pregnancies per year, roughly 14% of pregnant teenage girls undergo abortions, and more than one-third of contagious disease cases are related to STDs. These statistics illustrate sexual and reproductive health services in Mongolia are failing to provide knowledge they need to lead reproductively healthy lives. In response, the AWARE project is aiming to improve the community by collaborating with key stakeholders to integrate comprehensive sex-ed into schools — a critical step for ensuring the next generation leads a safe and secure life. The project is also aiming to empower both girls and boys by reducing the stigmas and taboos associated with discussing menstruation and sexual health, enabling them to approach 8.
sex-ed more comfortably and candidly.
Target group: Women & Adolescents
Proposed solution: Delivering accessible sex-ed information through social media, collaborating with administrative-level stakeholder (Ministry of Education and Science) to determine shortfalls and necessary improvements in sex-ed taught in Mongolian high schools, aiming to ultimately achieve greater developmental impact in policy.
Social media: Instagram – @aware_mgl
Short-term goals/results: In the short-term, the project aims to target young audiences to deliver more focused and accessible sex-ed information through online platforms on topics such as prevention of STDs, unwanted pregnancy, and contraceptive methods.
Long-term change: In the longer term, the project aims to create an enabling environment that includes policies, regulations and funding to support and sustain comprehensive sexuality education at local level.
Meanwhile, we are bidding farewell to some of our impactful members who are transitioning into alumni, including Chimedyudon, Maralmaa, and Enkhjargal. Their significant contributions to our hub and community will not be forgotten and we wish them the best in their future endeavors.
Leadership Anchored in Collaboration
Our dedicated leadership team, under the adept stewardship of elected Curator Batchimeg Batbold, steered the hub through a year of innovation, impact, and growth. Vice-Curator Anar Enkhtuya, Impact Officer Delgerjargal Batsuuri, Treasurer Purevsuren Lkhagvasuren, and Secretary Mungun were integral parts of this voyage, anchoring our collective efforts in a vision of progressive change.
Adding Fresh Faces, Fostering Diversity
We were thrilled to welcome a diverse cohort of nine new individuals to our hub last year – Ujin, Buridem, Enkhtsatsralt, Lkhagva-Ochir, Temuulen, Munkh-Orgil, Munkh-Erdene, Duurenzaya, and Sukhbat. Their diverse backgrounds and skillsets have significantly enriched our hub, inspiring us and our initiatives.
A Year of Action, A Year of Impact
In 2022, we undertook a portfolio of transformative projects that have made significant strides in addressing crucial issues in our community. From nurturing young professionals and advocating for blood donation to addressing mental health and reproductive health education, we’ve sought to create meaningful change. In numbers, we successfully ran nine groundbreaking projects, directly reaching thousands in our community. Furthermore, we secured $48.7K in funds and grants, augmenting our ability to make a positive impact.
Notably, our initiatives extended to urban planning and environmental stewardship, promoting road safety, championing LGBTQ+ rights, inclusivity, and enhancing professional development opportunities for university students. Through our consistent efforts, we influenced public policies, empowered our youth, safeguarded our cultural heritage, and advanced solutions for climate change.
Looking Forward to New Horizons
As we look toward the future, we are filled with excitement and optimism. We are confident that our existing and incoming members are ready to face new challenges and continue our legacy of creating lasting positive change. As we prepare for the vibrant Naadam Festival, we extend our warmest wishes to all. Here’s to another year of shaping our future together!
Thank you for being a part of our journey. We look forward to another exciting year of making an impact!
We are excited to share the details of our year-long journey in our Annual Report. We hope that this document will provide valuable insights into our work, inspire you, and continue to foster a sense of involvement and collaboration in our initiatives.
Finally, we owe an immense debt of gratitude to our partners. Your voluntary assistance and significant contributions have played a crucial role in facilitating change. Your belief in our cause and unwavering support have made this shared mission possible.
As we look ahead, we are excited about the future of the Ulaanbaatar Hub and the impact we can continue to make. We extend our heartfelt thanks to you all for being a part of this incredible journey.