Mercy Corps, a non-profit organization, was awarded 2,800 metric tons of Long Grain Parboiled Rice by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The rice will be sold and the revenues generated will be used to fund projects in Mongolia that increase agricultural productivity and expand trade of agricultural products.
At Mercy Corps, when we talk about gender, we don’t just mean women and girls – men and boys are the other half of the equation. This month Mercy Corps HQ is launching a photo campaign to celebrate the men and boys who promote positive social change with their family and friends, at work, and in their communities.
Do you know a man or boy who has encouraged young men to have a voice in community activities, supported a girl’s access to education, or promoted women’s empowerment? Send us their picture!
Send your photos of men and boys acting as positive role models; making positive contributions to their communities, the environment, or their families; or challenging gender norms and inequality. Your photo and caption will be featured in a slide show on the Hub on International Men’s Day on 19 November, 2014.
This is a great opportunity to highlight the critical role men and boys play in their households and communities!
Under USAID funded FIELD 1 and FIELD 2 projects, Mercy Corps helped to approve Accessibility Standards and improved capacity of national DPOs. Also, these two projects offered trainings on Accessibility Standards for government organizations and private sector and purchased assessment tools for the Mongolian National Association for Wheelchair Users to measure walkways and buildings.
Although FIELD 2 project ended more than a year ago, our partner DPOs are still using assessment tools to evaluate walkways and buildings. On 23 October, 2014, the National Human Rights Commission invited two national DPOs, the Mongolian National Association for Wheelchair Users and Tugeemel Hugjil, to conduct a Walkway and Construction Accessibility Assessment of 28 government buildings.
The assessment revealed that most buildings have ramps that do not meet accessibility standards. Some buildings had no ramps at all. The partners are working on the assessment report. All relevant government organizations, DPOs and the organizers of this assessment will discuss findings of this assessment on 15 November and issue recommendations for all government organizations to follow.