In collaboration with a local NGO, ‘Women for Change’, we organised an art installation entitled ‘Behind Closed Doors’. This art installation was displayed in various public places such as bus terminals, markets, shopping centres and the National University of Mongolia from November 2016 to January 2017. A video clip was created of the art installation and has been viewed more than 470,000 people, generated over 2,300 reactions, and shared over 2,500 times on social media.
One Billion Rising (OBR): 2013-2017
OBR is the biggest mass action campaign to end violence against women in human history. The campaign, launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women worldwide will be beaten or raped during her lifetime.
Beautiful Hearts has led the OBR campaign in Mongolia since 2013. Each year we partner with a different university to run a public event aimed at raising awareness of and end violence against women.
2013 – ‘Break the Chain’
For the 2013 campaign we partnered with the Mongolian University of Law Enforcement and the Metropolitan Police Department. Break the Chain, a song that was written to commemorate OBR and used by activists in campaigns all over the world, was translated into Mongolian. Our campaign involved providing information and education about domestic violence and child sexual abuse to more than 150 police cadets. We also created two short video clips of, which were broadcasted on a billboard at the main intersection in Ulaanbaatar and posted on social media, reaching over 20,000 people between February and March 2013.
2014 – ‘Rise4Justice’
In 2014, we partnered withthe Mongolian University of Health Science and Medicine to provide domestic and sexual violence training to over 100 students. We also organised a flash mob on campus calling for justice for survivors of domestic violence.
2015 – ‘Rise4Revolution’
OBR Mongolia 2015-“Rise4Revolution” was organised among social worker students and practitioners from both Ulaanbaatar and 7 provinces, provided workshop on domestic/sexual violence to 200 sudents,and the Break the Chain flashmob reaching over 1500. We also had the translated version of Break the Chain performed and recorded by well-known Mongolian artists, which was used for a flash mob that was performed at Sukhbaatar Square in Ulaanbaatar.
2016 – ‘Rise4Revolution: Stop Domestic Violence’
For the 2016 campaign, we collaborated with 150 young public servants from major government departments and 25 human rights NGOs. Our campaign activities included and posters video clips that were shared on our social media and reached more than 250,000 people, as well as media coverage. General public advocated the parliament to approve the renewed version of the Law to Combat Domestic Violence. We organized petition and online pledge at the Liberty Square in Ulaanbaatar, and were sent to the parliament. We also facilitated an art workshop entitled, ‘Lived Experiences of Women’ that introduced the Zentangle Method, which was attended by undergraduate psychology students and activists from civil society organisations.
2017 – ‘Survivors’ Voice’
The 2017 campaign aimed to change the culture of victim blaming in Mongolian society. Our focus was on providing survivors of domestic and sexual violence with a platform to share their stories. To do this we used various expressions including a photography exhibition, art installation, storytelling, music and dance. Survivors were invited to send their survival stories, organisers read out the stories live throughout at the photo exhibit, as well as posted on social media. As part of the campaign, we also initiated and delivered a panel discussion involving medical practitioners, psychosocial support providers, lawyers, police officers and the media. The panel discussion entitled, ‘Trauma-informed service: End the victim blaming’ was the first of its kind in Mongolia.
End Child Sexual Abuse: Postcard Exhibition, 2013
To commemorate the International Day of the Girl in 2013, we collaborated with leading community organisations, the Princess Center and the Garden of Hope Foundation, to organise a month of campaigning to call for an end to child sexual abuse. The campaign activities included providing education to 1,000 female high school students and awareness-raising via social media and traditional media. We asked female high school students to create postcards with a message to policymakers, which were displayed at an exhibit and subsequently presented to the relevant key policymakers. As well as providing school girls with a voice and the platform to express their views, the postcard exhibition demonstrated to the participants they have the right and the ability to make their own choices and voice their opinions.