MNFB is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that works to defend the rights of blind people living in Mongolia and to support their participation in civil society on an equal base with sighted people. The Federation has twenty three branches nationwide and the network helps to provide education, employment, healthcare, culture, sport, recreation and charity to its 9600 visually impaired members.
MNFB was established by the initiation of blind persons in 1978.
MNFB is a member of the World Blind Union and the World Blind Union-Asia Pacific, the International Blind Sports Association and the Asian Medical Massage Instructors Network.
MNFB pay attention on education, employment, social protection and many other issues related to blind people’s interests nationwide and abroad and express federation’s attitude or position.
The federation is functioning for approximately 9600 blind, low vision and visually impared persons through 23 provincial chapters and districts and it has councils for elderly, blind women, sport, culture, and youths.
Every four years, MNFB convenes its Congress, where all the members discuss the activities in the past four years, identify the goals for the upcoming years and elect the management team.
Braille and Talking Books Publishing Center, vocational and Training Center, Best FM 98.5 Radio station, kindergarten for the blind children and “Best Massage” networking centers of the blind masseurs are running activities under the federation.
I am Gerel Dondovdorj, work for the Mongolian National Federation of the Blind as the president. I am a lawyer and did my master on international human rights at the University of Notre Dame in the USA. I have been working in disability field since 2006. I am a member of the National Disability policy counsel, also, serving as a member of the Disability Policy Counsel at the Ministries of Education, Labor and social protection as well as justice as well as a member of the Mongolian Bar association. In addition, I was part in the drafting process of the law on the rights of persons with disabilities in the Mongolian Parliament, as well as of the drafting process of other laws such as law on social welfare, labor and education etc. I led the reporting work of organisations of persons with disabilities before the CRPD, CEDAW and ICESCR Committees on the review of her country and attended the interactive dialogue of the CRPD and CEDAW Committees, respectively, in April 2015, and February 2016. I am joining to your network to learn from you and your experience to make a contribution to create an accessible environment for persons with disabilities by using the power of laws.
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