Publication Date

Summer 5-20-2017

Degree Name

MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

First Advisor

Dr. Karen Blanchard

Abstract

Kofi Annan, 7th Secretary General of the United Nations has said, “There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.” There is growing research focused on women’s empowerment in the world representing many different cultures, but that literature does not include Mongolia or much of East Asia. Furthermore, there are many successful women’s empowerment centers around the world, but few collections of those centers’ best practices. This research hopes to change that.

This is the first women’s empowerment research focused on Mongolia using both qualitative and quantitative methods, combined with best practices from women’s empowerment centers around the world. This research seeks to understand how women’s empowerment is being done successfully, what needs and desires exist in Sukhbaatar province for women’s empowerment resources and how those resources might be provided through a center. This research builds upon the work that has been done in the field and attempts to fill in some of the gaps in the literature since these studies have never been done in Mongolia.

The current study examined through interviews and surveys in the field the understanding, opinions and needs of women in Sukhbaatar, Mongolia. The results showed that the vast majority of women surveyed showed a strong desire to have more programs and resources women’s empowerment in the province and a center following the best practices outlined in the research could be very successful. This has important implications for the future of the women’s empowerment movement and the developing country of Mongolia.

Disciplines

Women's Studies

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