Employment is the cornerstone right that enables enjoyment of all other economic, social and cultural rights, and that’s why the right to work is one of the most important rights in the advancement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people’s rights. With a view to promoting everyone’s right to work and a free choice of occupation, we began the Safe Workplace Initiative to work with employers to promote workplace environment that is safe, free of discrimination and conducive to productivity. By training and supporting employers on how to create such environment through policy and practice, by connecting them by this initiative to enable exchange of best practices for respect of human rights, we are providing the opportunity for employers to fully harness their human resources potential that is often inhibited and even disabled by workplace discrimination in Mongolia, especially on sexual orientation and gender identity. This initiative aims to improve workplace environment of minorities in Mongolia, especially of sexual and gender minorities, to foster and support a corporate culture of respect for human rights and diversity, and to bring the best practices on workplace diversity as practised by the international corporate community.
Questions & Answers
The initiative was launched in June 2010 and has been revamped in 2017.
The studies by the LGBT Centre in 2012, 2014 and 2016 among LGBTI people show that discrimination is the most frequent human rights violation LGBTI people face on a daily basis, especially so in employment and labour relations. The UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty, whose Mongolia report was issued in 2013, expressed a deep concern about the fact that LGBTI people in Mongolia were very vulnerable to poverty due to persistent stigma and discrimination in the society. Furthermore, since 2010 the UN treaty bodies as well as the Human Rights Council’s UPR mechanism recommended time and again that discrimination against LGBTI people in Mongolia must end.
All the international treaties Mongolia is a party to prohibits discrimination. Furthermore, the new Criminal Code not only prohibits discrimination but makes it a criminal offence, and the protected grounds include sexual orientation and gender identity. The Constitution of Mongolia prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender, and gender is inclusive of sexual orientation as per the interpretation of the UN Human Rights Committee since 1994. The new draft Labour Law also prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
By joining, organisations undertake the following:
1) Non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in hiring;
2) Actively promote, educate and implement non-discrimination principles (including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity) and diversity explicitly included in all relevant internal regulations;
3) Include obligation to take immediate action to stop any acts, omissions or words and expressions of discrimination against LGBTI employees in the relevant internal regulations;
4) Provide equal opportunity to LGBTI employees in career advancement and promotion;
5) Take immediate action to stop any acts, omissions or words and expressions of discrimination against LGBTI employees.
Making the work environment safe and non-discriminatory is proven to be directly related to the improved psychological satisfaction of and productivity by employees. By joining the Safe Workplace Initiative, you will not only get a training and continued technical support from the Centre, a premier LGBTI human rights organisation of Mongolia, but you will also have an opportunity to learn from other organisations on how to respect and uphold human rights in the workplace.
1) Policy and methodology advice on inclusion of non-discrimination principles in the internal human resources regulations;
2) Policy and methodology advice on inclusion non-discrimination principles in the organisation’s bylaws and other internal regulations;
3) Diversity training (one-time free training for 20 persons + other training);
4) Diversity lectures, movie and discussion events, etc. organised for your employees;
5) Joining a network of organisations in the Safe Workplace Initiative and exchange best practices.
Presently, most of the organisations that joined the initiative are non-governmental organisation, and since 2017 we are working on recruiting private sector organisations.
Please call the LGBT Centre directly at 7740 0323 and/or email email@example.com and let us know you want to join, and we will take it from there.