Fifteen Mongolians traveled to Alaska January 18-28, 2016, to participate in the first phase of the U.S. government-funded “Combatting Gender-Based Violence in Mongolia” project. During the 11-day visit, representatives of the National Center Against Violence, the General Agency for Social Welfare, the National Police Agency, the Trauma Hospital’s One-Stop Crisis Center, domestic violence shelters, and related civil society organizations learned about effective strategies and best practices to prevent and respond to domestic violence.
The “Combatting Gender-Based Violence in Mongolia” project seeks to build the capacity of the Mongolian government and NGO partners working with victims of domestic violence through exposure to domestic violence shelter management techniques and domestic violence response and prevention strategies. Additionally, the project aims to establish and deepen partnerships between government groups, law enforcement bodies, and NGOs focused on women’s rights and domestic violence. The Mongolian delegation visited three cities in Alaska and met with representatives of the NGO Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis, the prosecutor’s office, and the local police department in Anchorage; the Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies, and the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Juneau; and the Bering Sea Women’s Group and its shelters, the Welfare Assistance-Kawerak, and the Norton Sound Health Corporation in Nome. The delegation was also honored to meet with Governor Bill Walker in Anchorage.
The project is sponsored by the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State. Project implementation is led by the National Center Against Violence (NCAV), a Mongolian NGO dedicated to ending domestic and sexual violence against women and children. The first phase of the project was organized by NCAV with support from Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis in Anchorage, Alaska.