Trainings

SASA! methodology

Aim:

SASA! is a comprehensive and simple approach to mobilize society and communities to prevent contraception, effectively promoting public participation, while focusing on changing the inequalities in the power of women and men, which are the roots of violence, and working with human rights-based methodologies and approaches.

SASA! The method was first developed by Raising Voices, a non-governmental organization working to prevent violence against children and women not only in Uganda, but also in the Southeast African region, and based on the NGO’s Director for Violence Against Women Lori Mishu’s and her partners' many years of experience.

Although the SASA methodology is aimed at the prevention of contraceptives, it is very flexible, easy to use and simple to understand, based on universal human rights principles.

Objectives:

  • Contribute to ending gender-based violence by changing inequalities in power, stereotypes that promote violence, and negative cultural norms.
  • Strengthen national capacity to prevent violence against women.

Training features:

  • SASA! is a reflection on power
  • SASA! is a methodology based on human rights, especially women's rights
  • SASA suggests raising voices against violence
  • SASA! is for activists
  • SASA! touching, and proactive
  • SASA! seeks to change the norms of society and the community
  • SASA! mobilizes society and community
  • SASA! influences changes in established norms of authority
  • SASA! emphasizes the benefits of change
“Gender Justice and Masculinity”

Purpose:

“Gender Justice and Masculinity” trainings and discussions are to foster a humane culture that promotes gender justice and equality; to change the norms of patriarchal masculinity and to support boys and men to live in a humane and free manner without being bound by negative gender roles; and aims to contribute to the prevention of gender-based violence and to building national capacity to work with many groups in society, especially boys and men.


Objectives:

  • Develop a masculinity curriculum, content and methodology tailored to the specifics of young people, and expand and develop a masculinity approach to youth-oriented content
  • Organize trainings based on the needs, experiences and participation of young people and increase their ability to think critically, reflect, express themselves and analyze
  • Discussion on how masculinity, gender-dominated masculinity and norms prevail in Mongolia, whose interests they represent, through which power relations are created, and how they affect the lives of society, girls, boys, men, women, and socially discriminated groups, create a space for reflection and analysis;
  • Encourage young people to be critical of male-dominated roles and norms through effective participatory training and discussion;
WOMEN'S POLITICAL PARTICIPATION AND INFLUENCE

Purpose:

Contribute to democratic, humane, and sustainable development based on gender equality and human rights by strengthening women's political participation and influence at the national and local levels, and by increasing women's political and decision-making participation and influence through effective processes.

Provide women leaders who are elected in aimag, capital city, soum and district ‘Citizens Representatives' Khurals with collective leadership skills and increase their advocacy capacity.

Objectives:

  • Improve the political participation, leadership and advocacy capacity of local women;
  • Increase women's participation in local decision-making;
  • To contribute increasing women's participation and representation in parliamentary and local elections;
  • Create a network of facilitators who can support women candidates and candidate managers on topics such as women's political participation, human rights, gender equality, and collective leadership.

Training features

  • Based on participatory: Based on the principles of active and equal participation of all, co-development, mutual learning, and self-study;
  • Created by Collaborative Knowledge: Candidates are based on the needs of women and enriched by their experience. Each participant shared and learned from examples, information, and techniques from their work and life;
  • Based on local specifics:  Based on knowledge of the needs of women candidates, their life experiences, and the specifics of local development. Shared experience and knowledge in making an election campaign plan and implementation.
  • Combined theory and practice: Developed skills such as teamwork, analysis, problem identification, discussion, self-expression, and listening;
"Safe School" will change society!

Methods for establishing mechanisms to prevent gender-based violence in the school environment.

MONFEMNET National Network has been implementing the UNFPA Youth Program's “All for Education!” Program since 2014. The National Coalition of Civil Society, SASA! The Network of Activists, in partnership with the National Center Against Violence, has begun to develop a “Safe School” approach to establishing a mechanism to prevent gender-based violence in the educational environment.

The purpose of this technique is to unlock the hidden potential in the school community, transform the school through the strength of the community, multifaceted cooperation, creativity, thinking, open mindedness, sincerity, and perseverance, and make society free from violence and discrimination in a humane, fair, and non-discriminatory manner.

The main feature of this process is to copy the “best” methodology and not only involve the school community as an implementer, but also to jointly create a national methodology that suits Mongolian life and mentality by learning from national and international best practices.

The purpose of the safe school methodology:

  1. Develop secondary schools into a gender-based, non-violent, child-friendly, gender-equitable, mutually respectful, child-friendly and safe environment;
  2. Develop secondary schools and society as a “driving force” to make society more humane, safer, free of all forms of violence, especially gender-based and child-friendly, and peaceful.

Objectives of the safe school methodology:

  1. Develop a model for a mechanism to prevent gender-based violence and test it at selected schools;
  2. Prepare multi-stakeholder, participatory teams with the knowledge and skills to build mechanisms to prevent gender-based violence in the school environment;
  3. To increase the knowledge, understanding and awareness of the school community (children and adults, parents, local residents and stakeholders) about a safe, mutually respectful, open, democratic and humane environment for everyone;
  4. Introduce changes in school governance, policies, procedures, internal organization, and culture to support human / child rights and gender equality;
  5. Establish a national network of “Safe Schools” and launch a national movement to develop secondary schools free of violence and respect for children / human rights and gender equality;
  6. Influence the comprehensive implementation of gender-based violence prevention measures in public policy in the educational environment.
Making sex and reproductive rights and health accessible to all

Purpose:

  • Influence the recognition that sexual and reproductive rights should be one of the goals of all development, as they are inalienable at all times and in all life cycles.
  • Everyone has the right to freedom of choice in sex and reproduction at any age, in any number of years, in any number of children, in all matters relating to his or her sexual life, without discrimination, harassment, coercion or violence, and in sexual and reproductive health, influence the approach as a comprehensive concept that includes health-related advice and access to services.
  • To reconsider the approach that has so far focused solely on reproductive health and rights, and to promote a holistic approach to sexual health and sexual rights.

Sexual and reproductive rights and sexual health (SRSH) are important indicators of a country's human rights, health system and level of development. UNDP is considered in conjunction with other key development issues, such as gender equality, human rights, poverty, inequality, health, climate change, population movements, natural disasters, food security, and access to resources. Without the right to control their sexual space and reproductive organs, women will not be able to participate equally in society, employment and decision-making.

The International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), the 1993 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (ICEADW), and the 1994 Beijing Action Plan on Human and Sexual and Reproductive Rights Governments are committed to ensuring the rights of their people, to the provision of free primary health care, and to the creation of the highest standards, rights-based and equitable access to health care.

International experience shows that access to health care services depends on domestic legislation. It depends a lot on how the legislation is implemented. The legal guarantee of free access to primary health care and reproductive health services for women of all ages in Mongolia provides a positive basis for reproductive health, but in practice it is limited by the location of women and their household income levels.

Reproductive health is a complex concept of not only the health of the human reproductive system, but also physical, mental and social perfection. Reproductive health includes a comprehensive set of concepts, including a satisfying and safe sex life, reproductive capacity, and the ability to make decisions about fertility. Sexual health is a positive attitude towards sexual life, and the goal of sexual health services is to improve personal relationships and living conditions, as well as to provide counseling services related to reproductive and sexually transmitted diseases.

The MONFEMNET National Network includes Strategy 2 to raise public awareness of sexual space, reproduction and human rights, and gender equality. In this context, in 2014, MONFEMNET joined the Asia-Pacific Knowledge and Advocacy Capacity Building Network, became a partner of the Asia-Pacific Women's Information and Research Center (ARROW), and implemented the “ Making sex and reproductive rights and health accessible to all” program in Mongolia. The program has been successfully implemented in the Asia-Pacific region of Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Maldives, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

Women's leadership in local government

Purpose:

Contribute to democratic, humane, and sustainable development based on gender equality and human rights by strengthening women's political participation and influence at the national and local levels, and by increasing women's political and decision-making participation and influence through effective processes.

Provide women leaders elected in aimag, capital city, soum and district Citizens 'Representatives' Khurals with collective leadership skills and increase their advocacy capacity.

Purpose:

  • Improve the political participation, leadership and advocacy capacity of local women;
  • Increase women's participation in local decision-making
  • Contribute to increasing women's participation and representation in parliamentary and local elections;
  • Create a network of facilitators who can support women candidates and candidate managers on topics such as women's political participation, human rights, gender equality, and collective leadership.

Training Features

  • Participatory: Based on the principles of active and equal participation of all, co-development, mutual learning, and self-study;
  • Created by Collaborative Knowledge: Candidates are based on the needs of women and enriched by their experience. Each participant shared and learned from examples, information, and techniques from their work and life;
  • Based on local specifics and characteristics:  Based on knowledge about the needs of women candidates, their life experiences, and the specifics of local development. Shared experience and knowledge on election campaign planning and implementation;
  • Combination of theory and practice: Developed skills such as teamwork, analysis, problem identification, discussion, self-expression, and listening;
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