Since its establishment in 2008, IRIM has accumulated considerable resources of data and evidence on gender sensitive policy-making, while striving to ensure gender equality in all areas of its operations. IRIM has been contributing to making legal (and policy) documents and programmes of Mongolia, gender sensitive and evidence-based; through its implementation of projects, research, advocacy, training and workshops. IRIM became a freelance member of the National Committee on Gender Equality in 2017.
Examples of gender-related projects implemented by IRIM include the following:
Voter Attitudes Survey: Women’s Opportunities to Access Political Decision-Making Position. 2008. IRIM conducted a socio-political accessibility survey among voters; to collect baseline data required for the public relations strategy (to promote women’s participation in politics). IRIM examined public opinion on: women’s roles at the government decision-making level, social and psychological factors influencing respondents’ opinions, recommended images for female politicians to minimize negativity from voters, and general policy directions to effectively communicate with the public.
Role of Media in Women’s Participation in Political Decision Making. Mass Media Monitoring and Developing Indicators of Gender Sensitive Journalism. 2010-2012. With broad involvement of gender experts, human rights activists and sector specialists, IRIM developed ‘Criteria for gender sensitivity in media’. This was based on the results of the current gender sensitivity in mass media of Mongolia and international practice.
Attitude toward Gender Equality: A Survey Experiment in Multiple National Settings. 2013. IRIM conducted this cross-cultural, cross-sectional, experimental survey, which focused on attitudes towards gender equality. Specifically, it investigated how religious affiliation, socioeconomic status, gender, and other factors may correlate with attitudes towards equality between the sexes.
Gender Assessment for the Environmental Sector. 2017. IRIM provided consultancy services with two objectives; to identify the progress, achievements and challenges incurred in the first (implementation) phase of the strategy, and to develope recommendations necessary for development of the Action Plan of the Strategy (and effective implementation of the following phases). IRIM also provided an overview of the current situation of gender equality in the forestry sector, to serve as an evidence base for promoting equitable participation of men and women in environmental decision making.