Bhutan Pilot Project launched to address violence against women and children
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.