Parliament's First Self-Assessment on Human Rights and Gender Sensitivity

2023-11-22 14:57:13

Ulaanbaatar, November 22, 2023 /MONTSAME. For the first time, the State Great Khural of Mongolia is conducting a self-assessment on human rights and gender sensitivity, and the discussion on the self-assessment is taking place on November 22-23, 2023 at the State Palace.

"Strengthening parliamentary democracy is one of the priorities of the State Great Khural of Mongolia. As a representative organization of the people, the State of Great Khural is subject to be transparent and listen to the voices of its citizens. Therefore, we must ensure human rights and gender equality. The self-assessment aims to assess the extent to which gender and human rights considerations have been meaningfully integrated into the activities of State Great Khural and determining how to improve it in the future." said Speaker of the Parliament Zandanshatar Gombojav.


Speaker G. Zandanshatar expressed gratitude to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)  for providing professional and methodological assistance and highlighted that the IPU has worked with parliaments around the world, and since 2010, it cooperated with more than 10 parliaments, including Sweden, the UK, Turkey, Chile, Kenya, and Georgia, helping to conduct self-assessment of gender equality. He noted that the State Great Khural became the 13th Parliament to conduct a self-assessment for evaluating gender sensitivity and the first Parliament to evaluate human rights performance.


Speaker G. Zandanshatar also expressed gratitude to Martin Chungong, Secretary-General of the IPU for his virtual greeting at the Trans-Altai Stability Dialogue, held in June at the State House. The Dialogue was initiated by Speaker of the Parliament G. Zandanshatar and the State Great Khural.


The self-assessment of human rights and gender sensitivity is being carried out within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding with IPU signed in August 2022.


"The State Great Khural has made significant efforts to ensure human rights and gender equality, passing the Law on the Legal Status of Human Rights Defenders and becoming the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to establish this system, but there is a need to do more," stated Speaker G. Zandanshatar.


Consultants from IPU and national experts are taking part in the self-assessment to be carried out following the IPU methodology.

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