NCWC, UNDP in Bhutan to launch Bhutan pi­lot project

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The Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Women and Chil­dren ( NCWC), and the United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme (UNDP) in Bhutan will launch the Bhutan pi­lot project to­day in Thim­phu to ad­dress vi­o­lence against women and chil­dren.

Co­in­cid­ing with the in­ter­na­tional day for the elim­i­na­tion of vi­o­lence against women, the first of its kind project, ` Gakid Lam­toen: Babesa for Change ( Jurwa)’ will be car­ried out at Babesa in Thim­phu.

Babesa is cho­sen base on the study find­ings of vi­o­lence against women by the NCWC, and ad­min­is­tra­tive re­port of the Women and Child Care Units ( WCCU) at Royal Bhutan Po­lice and the One Stop Cri­sis Cen­ter at JDWNRH in Thim­phu.

The Vice Chair­per­son for NCWC and Sec­re­tary for health min­istry, Dr. Ugen Do­phu, said it is a great op­por­tu­nity for Babesa com­mu­nity to come to­gether in mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to pre­vent vi­o­lence against women and chil­dren. “We need sound co­op­er­a­tion and co­or­di­na­tion among de­vel­op­ment part­ners within the coun­try.” he said, adding for the in­ter­ven­tions to be suc­cess­ful in in­still­ing core val­ues of non- vi­o­lence and happy, safe and eq­ui­table fam­i­lies.

The project aimed at test­ing a com­pre­hen­sive pi­lot to demon­strate how the rules and reg­u­la­tions for the Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Pre­sen­ta­tion Act ( DVPA) 2013 can be put into prac­tice at the com­mu­nity level and demon­strate the ef­fects of mul­ti­ple part­ners work­ing to­gether in a co­or­di­nated fash­ion.

It is a part of UNDP’s global project as one of its seven pi­lot projects. In the words of His Majesty, the res­i­dent co­ordi- na­tor for United Na­tions in Bhutan, Ger­ald Daly shared, “The world calls for equal rights for all peo­ple, the Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Rights laid the foun­da­tion for a world based on equal rights and op­por­tu­ni­ties, for all women, men, girls and boys.”

The global project, ` End­ing Gen­der- based Vi­o­lence’ aims to take vi­o­lence pre­ven­tion to scale by bring­ing new part­ners, strate­gies and sources of fi­nanc­ing to the ta­ble. It is im­por­tant for achiev­ing gen­der equal­ity and help to ac­cel­er­ate the ef­fec­tive achieve­ment of many of the other SDGs.

End­ing vi­o­lence against women is the stand- alone Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goal ( SDG) tar­get 5.2, which strives to elim­i­nate all forms of vi­o­lence against women and girls in both pub­lic and pri­vate spheres, in­clud­ing traf­fick­ing and sex­ual and other types of ex­ploita­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the NCWC and UNDP, the sever­ity of gen­der- based vi­o­lence around the world and its re­lated costs to gov­ern­ments, com­mu­ni­ties and in­di­vid­u­als are far out­weigh­ing the cur­rent re­sources and tools ded­i­cated to elim­i­nate.

In Bhutan, they say a bulk of the pro­tec­tion sys­tems con­cen­trate pri­mar­ily on sec­ondary and ter­tiary pre­ven­tion or re­sponse ser­vices, which mean that as­sis­tance ar­rives af­ter the vi­o­lent act has al­ready oc­curred. How­ever, the pi­lot project will test lo­cal­ized adap­ta­tions of ev­i­dence- based pri­mary pre­ven­tion, which will be doc­u­mented and rig­or­ously eval­u­ated to fur­ther re­fined and scaled up across the coun­try.

The project in­ter­ven­tion will start from April 2019 to 2020. Dur­ing this time, the par­tic­i­pants will be at the nexus of get­ting a deeper un­der­stand­ing of the im­por­tance of fam­ily re­la­tion­ships, gen­der equal­ity, cop­ing with stress, and com­mu­nity vi­tal­ity.

Rec­og­niz­ing that pro­mo­tion of hu­man and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment re­quires a deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the con­cepts of vul­ner­a­bil­ity and re­silience, the gov­ern­ment iden­ti­fied needs of vul­ner­a­ble pop­u­la­tions and gen­der as one of the Na­tional Key Re­sult Ar­eas of Bhutan’s 11th and 12th Five Year Plans.

The most am­bi­tious project will be graced by Her Majesty, Gya­lyum San­gay Cho­den Wangchuck to en­able a com­mu­nity to lead its own vi­o­lence pre­ven­tion pro­gram. The press re­lease from UNDP states, “The launch of the project will be an in­te­gral part of cel­e­brat­ing an im­por­tant day.”

At the events, the two groups of ado­les­cent res­i­dents aged between 13 to 15 years and care­givers of ado­les­cents such as par­ents, rel­a­tives, and teach­ers will take part. It is ex­pected to en­able a com­mu­nity to lead its own vi­o­lence pre­ven­tion pro­gram.

Mean­while, the fa­cil­i­ta­tors’ re­quire­ment booths for the in­ter­ven­tions will be set up at the event for the in­ter­ested Babesa res­i­dent aged between 21 to 30 years. The fa­cil­i­ta­tor with col­lege de­gree, gen­der eq­ui­table at­ti­tudes and com­mit­ment to non- vi­o­lence will lead and fa­cil­i­tate dis­cus­sions with ado­les­cents aged between 13 to 15 years.

The fa­cil­i­ta­tor will also work with a group of young ado­les­cents to draw out knowl­edge and ideas from dif­fer­ent mem­bers of the group, help them learn from each other, en­cour­age and guide par­tic­i­pants to think crit­i­cally of gen­der eq­uity and non- vi­o­lence for them­selves, and build trust and con­fi­den­tial­ity in the group.

The fa­cil­i­ta­tor will work un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the Project Of­fi­cer, NCWC and the Na­tional Project Co­or­di­na­tor, UNDP Bhutan to main­tain reg­u­lar com­mu­ni­ca­tion with par­tic­i­pants and su­per­vi­sors of the project to en­sure smooth con­ti­nu­ity of the ses­sions.

The UNDP and the Re­pub­lic of Ko­rea have launched a global ini­tia­tive fo­cused on the in­te­gra­tion of ac­tions to ad­dress gen­der- based vi­o­lence.

To ad­dress the is­sues, Bhutan has es­tab­lished NCWC, WCCU, adop­tion of the DVPA 2013 and its reg­u­la­tions, Na­tional Plan of Ac­tion for Gen­der and Child Care and Pro­tec­tion Act ( CCPA) 2011 and its rules and reg­u­la­tions.

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