NCWC, UNDP in Bhutan to launch Bhutan pilot project
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.