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1st Cluster-MSTF CBSS High level Dzongkhag meeting held in Gelephu, 2-3 December, 2014

Cluster I: Ministry of Health and RENEW with support from UNFPA organized the High Level dzongkhag meeting for MSTF CBSS "Reaching out Together: Empowering Communities" in Gelephu, Sarpang from 2-3 December 2014.



This is the 1st of the 3 cluster meetings for Dasho Dzongdas, Dzongrabs & Thrompons from 6 dzongkhags; Sarpang, Samtse, Chukha, Tsirang, Dagana and Samdrupjongkhar.

World AIDS Day 1st December, 2014


Minister of Health, Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk and Secretary, MoH with Lhak-Sam members during world AIDS Day, 1st December 2014 in Gelephu.


Observing World AIDS Day, 1st December, 2014 jointly organized by Sarpang Dzongkhag, Ministry of Health, Lhak-Sam and RENEW with support from UNFPA,WHO and UNICEF.

International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women.


International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women, 25th November, 2014 was observed with the Genekha community. Minister of Works & Human Settlement Lyonpo Dorji Choden graced the event.

This event was a collaboration of RENEW, NCWC, Thimphu Dzongkhag and UN Women.

Community interaction with Women and Children Stakeholder agencies.


Press Release

“Responding to end violence against women”

Genekha, Thimphu: Globally every year on 25 November, countries and international fraternities come together to put on a pedestal the growing scourge of Violence against Women (VAW) worldwide. This sends out a strong appeal to governments, leaders, social groups, media, faith groups, communities, youth and corporate society among others the need for combined and concerted action to put eradication of VAW on national priorities. It is an important day when the world focuses attention to the widening gaps underlying the path of progress for women in all spheres.

Women all over the world are still being subjected to discrimination, oppression, abuse, violence (Gender based and Domestic) and injustice. Multiple and heinous forms of VAW is denial of a woman’s basic human right, right to live with dignity and an impediment to achieving her full potential. Implications of such violence is wide-reaching, obstacles to the advancement of women poses social and economic liabilities to the progress and prosperity of the country. This calls for pro-efforts from the highest levels of governance, fundamental change in individual behaviors and community support.

Speaking at the recently held Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Bangkok Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck, UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador and President of RENEW reiterated the need for more joint efforts to end violence against women and girls. In her opening address to the international forum, Her Majesty said If violence is fundamentally about abuse of power and privilege, we need to ensure that our responses empower women and girls. Actions and interventions must address – or redress – the patriarchal divisions of power, oppressive gender roles and the unequal valuing of women and men, of girls and boys…. We must advocate for change, foster understanding and encourage empathy”.

Bhutan joins the global community in advocating for stronger laws, backed with proper implementation and services for protection and prevention of violence against women and girls. Across Bhutan, RENEW Volunteers in all twenty dzongkhags joins the endeavor to raise awareness and trigger action to end VAW through campaigns organized in communities, schools and public spaces. “Responding to Violence against Women the 2014 theme for Bhutan reiterates Her Majesty’s vision We have journeyed long and far - we have made significant progress - yet there remains so much more to accomplish before we can declare victory”. It is now time to respond together to wipe out VAW from our societies and our homes.

At the central level, RENEW in collaboration with National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC), Thimphu Dzongkhag and UN Women and observed the global event in Chishing Samten Choeling Gonpa in Genekha among communities, donor agencies, supporters, representatives from organisations, media, and school students.

Bhutan’s first female Minister Lyonpo Dorji Choden, Minister for Works & Human Settlement and NCWC’s chairperson graced the occasion as the chief guest in Genekha. In her address to the nation she said “Violence against women not only affects victims but also their family, children and the community.” Although the status of Bhutanese women was comparatively better than their counterparts in the region cases are on the rise”

In the year 2013 alone, RENEW has provided counseling services to as much as 374 women clients; and have since its establishment in 2004 provided services to more than 2000 women clients. The need for more efforts to advance women empowerment in Bhutan is imperative. It is on global platforms such as these that issues impeding women progress can be brought up for discussion.

Awareness program on domestic violence for police families


Awareness programme on domestic violence for police personnel at WCPU in Thimphu and for police families at Chamgang.

Mental Health and Pshychosocial Support Service meeting


3 day Stakeholder Consultative Meeting on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Service held in Thimphu from 17-19 November, 2014. The meeting was jointly organized by RENEW and Ministry of Health.

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