Protecting and empowering young women in Mongolia—Undrakh Chinchuluun and the Princess Centre
December 16, 2015
Undrakh Chinchuluun at her graduation
in 2013 as a Master of Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of New
South Wales. She studied her Master’s Degree under the Australia Awards
In 2003, a group of young Mongolian women, including social workers, teachers, and lawyers, established the Princess Centre for the Protection of Girls and Young Women's Rights to empower girls and young women through sexual and reproductive health care services and education. Australia Awards alumna Undrakh Chinchuluun was one of those founders of the Princess Centre. Now the Centre’s Executive Director, she completed her Master’s in Human Rights Law and Policy from the University of New South Wales under the Australia Awards scholarships program in 2013. The Princess Centre focuses on young women aged 14 to 20, and is the only organisation in Mongolia running programs on young motherhood and raising awareness, providing services specifically for young mothers. The Centre also offers capacity training, research, and advocacy programs on issues facing young women in Mongolia, including domestic violence and the rights of women and girls Young mothers in Mongolia face a number of challenges, including increase exposure to violence. Faced with pregnancy, many drop out of school and an estimated 50 per cent of these girls are uneducated and without work skills. Many live below the poverty line. Under Undrakh’s leadership, the Princess Centre received a $3000 grant from the Mongolia Australia Friendship Society (an organisation with many Australia Awards alumni as members) for professional development activities. The grant has funded a leadership training and capacity building program for 15 young mothers in Kherlen soum, Dornod Province, 655 kilometres from Mongolia’s capital city of Ulaanbaatar. This project aims to empower young girls with improved self-esteem and self-confidence by providing life skills, vocational training courses and individual counseling sessions. It includes support for victims of domestic violence. In November 2015, the Princess Centre was acknowledged and recognised for its work with teenage mothers and victims of abuse where Queen Noor of Jordan presented the Centre with the ‘With and For Girls Award’ at the Trust Women Conference in London.
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