Chief Commissioner Byambadorj Jamsran, along with the Commission’s working group, has travelled to the eastern provinces of Mongolia, including three soums of Sukhbaatar Province and four soums of Dornod province between 9-15 May 2019 to conduct a field study on the right to be free from violence and sexual and reproductive health and rights of herder women of Mongolia. The United Nations Population Fund in Mongolia supports this field study with its technical and financial means. During the field visit, the working group has met with herder women to take a survey from them and conducted an individual and focus group interviews to identify their needs and challenges pertaining to their sexual and reproductive health and rights as well as their right to be free from violence and abuses.
Asides meeting with herder women, the working group also met with Governors of each province and soums to collect information, cases and evidences concerning the human rights issues of general local communities including their right to health care and the right to education, and labour rights. The working group, headed by the Chief Commissioner, is currently planning to travel to the western provinces of Mongolia, namely Zavkhan and Khuvsgul provinces to continue its field study. The Commission will include one chapter on the rights of herder women in Mongolia in its next annual report following the consolidation and analysis of data, survey and cases.