Bhutan Pi­lot Project launched to ad­dress vi­o­lence against women and chil­dren

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Chen­cho Dema from Thim­phu

Co­in­cid­ing with In­ter­na­tional Day for the Elim­i­na­tion of Vi­o­lence Against Women, the Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Women and Chil­dren (NCWC) and the United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram (UNDP) in Bhutan will launch the ‘Bhutan Pi­lot Project: Ad­dress­ing Vi­o­lence against Women and Chil­dren’ on Mon­day.

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

Ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease from UNDP Bhutan, Her Majesty Gya­lyum San­gay Cho­den Wangchuck will grace the launch of the project.

Ger­ald Daly, Res­i­dent Co­or­di­na­tor of United Na­tions in Bhutan, said, “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.”

NCWC’s Di­rec­tor Kun­zang Lhamu said this is a great op­por­tu­nity for those re­sid­ing in Babesa, to come to­gether as a com­mu­nity in mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the pre­ven­tion of vi­o­lence against women and chil­dren.

“For these in­ter­ven­tions to be suc­cess­ful in in­still­ing core val­ues of non-vi­o­lence and happy, safe and eq­ui­table fam­i­lies, we need sound co­op­er­a­tion and co­or­di­na­tion among de­vel­op­ment part­ners within the coun­try,” she added.

Mean­while, the first of its kind project in Bhutan will en­able a com­mu­nity to lead its own vi­o­lence pre­ven­tion pro­gram. The pi­lot project will be car­ried out in Babesa, Thim­phu, where two groups of res­i­dents - ado­les­cents be­tween 13 to 15 years and care­givers of ado­les­cents (such as par­ents, rel­a­tives, teach­ers) will take part.

The project in­ter­ven­tions will start in April 2019 and end in 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.

Mean­while, re­cruit­ment booths for fa­cil­i­ta­tors for these in­ter­ven­tions will also be set up at the event. Any Babesa res­i­dent over the age of 21 years with a min­i­mum of high school diploma and in­ter­ested in lead­ing com­mu­nity dis­cus­sions have been re­quested to ap­ply.

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