The second Listen to Us conference will be held at Tanan Center in Ulaanbaatar, on October 14, to advocate for and protect the rights of women and children as part of the UN’s International Day of the Girl Child, annually observed on October 11.
Observance of the first International Day of the Girl Child was declared by the United Nations on October 11, 2012. This day is a reminder of the need to eliminate the inequality faced by girls worldwide based on their gender, such as the right and access to education, nutrition, legal rights, and medical care, and protection from discrimination, violence, and forced marriage. The theme for this year’s International Day of the Girl Child is “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement”, which focuses on adolescent girls and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
Joining the global effort to ensure a world free of discrimination for young women and girls, Gunj Center for Women and Girls partnered with three Mongolian NGOs that strive to protect the rights of children and hosted the first Listen to Us conference in 2014. Nearly 150 people participated in the first conference, engaging in discussions on challenges and violations to the rights of girls in family environments, school environments, and the public arena.
This year’s conference will be a platform for women and girls to freely voice their opinions, discuss gender-based violence and the challenges they face every day, raise public awareness about gender inequality and challenges, and identify and track progress towards solutions to their most pressing problems.