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Women’s Leadership Program Cohort 9

Posted: 17 February 2023

Newsletter 3


Following the program orientation retreat, Cohort 9 participants of the Women’s Leadership Program (WLP) have engaged in a series of leadership and skill enhancement seminars. Through these seminars, participants received gender training and learned about various time management techniques, fundamentals of project management, and fundraising. Harvard Law Alumnus and Deputy Minister of Justice and Home Affairs, Solongoo Bayarsaikhan led a seminar on negotiation, where participants honed their negotiation skills through multi-round team negotiations.

The participants of the WLP visited the Oyu Tolgoi mine situated in the Omnogovi province to learn about its operations and processes. During the visit, participants were provided with a comprehensive tour of the facility, engaged with the Women in Mining Mongolia team, and learned about their aim to enhance diversity and inclusivity in Mongolia’s mining sector.


The networking aspect of the program offers a platform for the participants to cultivate and broaden their personal and professional connections through interactions with a diverse range of individuals. The Australian community New Year was held on December 17, 2022, and was attended by representatives of the Australian Embassy in Mongolia, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Mongolia-Australia Society (Mozzies), Australia Awards-Mongolia (AAM), Zorig Foundation, WLP alumni and participants.  The event was opened by Ambassador to Mongolia Ms. Katie Smith, Country Program Manager of Australia Awards Mongolia Ms. Enkhee Lunden, and CEO of Mozzies Mr. Lut-Ochir Tsegmid. All guests celebrated New Year while networking and enjoying a musical performance.

In commemoration of Australia Day and the milestone 30th anniversary of the Australia Awards Scholarships in Mongolia, WLP participants attended the official celebration organized by the Australian Embassy on January 27.


Another crucial part of the program is where participants divide into teams and design and implement a community development project. Participants have been divided into four teams based on their interests and are currently preparing to launch their projects. These four projects include:

  • Art Therapy for Adults with Acquired Disabilities aims to empower people with disabilities and advance disability inclusion in Mongolia by improving mental health through artistic approaches and raising awareness of the necessity of rehabilitation psychology services. The project will collaborate with the National Rehabilitation Center to renovate an art therapy room, offer art therapy sessions for adults with acquired disabilities, create policy recommendations for government officials on incorporating art therapy into rehabilitation psychology services, and organize an art exhibition and therapy event to raise awareness among stakeholders.
  • Health Promoting School (HPS) aims to enhance health education and encourage healthy behaviors among students aged 13-17 at School 102, to demonstrate best practices and promote the HPS program among other educational institutions. The project will renovate the school psychologist’s room to create a comfortable setting for students, and provide training sessions that focus on mental health, reproductive health, and fostering positive habits. In order to further strengthen school health practices, the project will draft guidelines for teachers.
  • Postpartum Depression (PPD) aims to raise public awareness of PPD through social media content, training of healthcare workers, and enhancing the maternal mental health of the focus The project will develop self-love diaries and provide training for mothers experiencing PPD, create and distribute video content on social media to increase public awareness, and produce PPD assessment and training materials for local health center doctors
  • STEM Teen aims to promote STEM education in schools and STEM careers among students by demonstrating how public schools can integrate STEM programs into their curricula. The project will provide the selected public school with a model STEM lab, train science teachers, and develop a STEM study program, handbooks, and online lessons for students. To enhance students’ and parents’ perspectives and encourage STEM careers, the project will organize career planning workshops led by professionals in the STEM field.