International Women’s Day in Mongolia is held every 8 March to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is also a day used to highlight ongoing gender inequality and to call for further change.
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Many men in Mongolia will give presents, bouquets of flowers, words of appreciation, and maybe a card to their mom and wife for Women’s Day. They may also take up cooking duties for the day and prepare a special meal for the women in their life. They may also take them out to a restaurant, and almost all restaurants have special dishes and deserts on the menu for Women’s Day.
Out on the city streets, you will see flowers being sold, sometimes out of the trunks of cars. There will be special cameramen too available to take family pictures and pictures of women dressed up in their best attire. Many also attend dancing events in the streets, go to Women’s Day parties, and watch TV specials on the role of women in Mongolia.
Many will push to put an end to domestic violence against women during Women’s Day. And there may be attention given to “under-representation“ in government and other leadership roles. But there has certainly been a lot of progress in the area of women’s advancement in Mongolia over the past decades.