Mission Manduhai aims to prevent domestic violence and raise awareness of women’s rights in the United States and Mongolia through culturally-relevant programming and promotion of applicable federal and local law.
About Mission Manduhai:
Taking its name from the 15th-century Mongolian warrior queen Manduhai Khatun, Mission Manduhai aims to empower women and prevent domestic violence through promotion of women’s rights and intervention resources in both the United States and among the rural population of Mongolia. The United Nations estimates that one in three women suffers from domestic violence globally, a claim that is supported by Mongolia’s National Center Against Violence, where it is estimated that a third of women suffered from domestic violence in the year 2010 (the most recent year for which there is data). Despite the country having passed legislation in 2004 aimed at preventing domestic violence, cultural factors and a lack of political will in Mongolia have made implementation and promotion of the law difficult. To this end, Mission Manduhai was founded in 2010 with the objective of preventing domestic violence by creating greater awareness of current law and providing intervention and counseling services to Mongolia’s rural population―an underserved population which is largely traditional, nomadic, and patriarchal. This is achieved through free public performances of the circus arts throughout the rural countryside which address domestic violence and women’s rights, and connects participants with desperately-needed social services. In this way, Mission Manduhai not only educates women and provides them with the resources they desperately need, but also prevents future abuse by simultaneously educating youth about the prevention of domestic violence.
About Our Founder:
Mission Manduhai was founded in 2010 by Chimgee Haltarhuu, an internationally-recognized performer and activist who has performed in circuses around the world. Haltarhuu began her career as a member of the Mongolian state circus, and toured the world while Mongolia was a member of the former Soviet Union. It was during this time that Haltarhuu met her former husband, also a circus performer, and experienced the horrors of physical and mental domestic violence—an all-too-common experience in this nomadic, patriarchal society. Upon immigrating to the United States in 1991, Haltarhuu toured internationally with the legendary Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus before settling in Minnesota, where she has been an instructor since 2002 at the renowned Circus Juventas, a performing arts circus for youth.
 The United Nations, “Facts and Figures: Ending Violence against Women” http://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women/facts-and-figures (Accessed 9/3/14).
 The advocates for Human Rights, “Violence Against Women in Mongolia,” http://www.stopvaw.org/Mongolia, (Accessed 9/3/14).