We truly believe that young people have the potential to change society for the better.
In Mongolia over one third of the population are youth aged 15-34 years old and the average age is just 26 years old.
These young people will be Mongolia’s future leaders. For this reason, we are dedicated to educating and including young people in the democratic process. We encourage youth participation on social and political matters that impact them, while also advocating for the meaningful political involvement of young people at all decision making levels.
Raising Voter Awareness
At the June 2016 Mongolian parliamentary election Women for Change encouraged young people to be active in the election process, to ask questions and demand accountability and integrity from their politicians. Voting is not-compulsory in Mongolia and voter turnout, particularly amongst young people, is often low. To encourage young people to be active in this process Women for Change held the миний гар (Mongolian for my hand) event. Young people were invited to paint 500 ceramic hand sculptures and provided with non-partisan information about voting registration, the democratic process and the importance of including young people’s voices in politics. On completion of the project the painted ceramic hands were used to create a colorful piece of installation art in the center of Mongolia’s capital city, Ulaanbaatar.
In 2012 and 2016 Women for Change organized a civil society observation project and acted as impartial election observers in Mongolia’s parliamentary election. Two hundred young people were recruited and trained to observe the vote. Equipped with new skills and training, our volunteers were able to observe and assist voters at 100 polling stations across Ulaanbaataar. This equates to 30% of polling stations in the nation’s capital city – which is home to over 50% of the country’s population.