Bhutan Observes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women


25 November 2021: Bhutan Observes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Her Majesty the Queen Mother Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck, Royal Patron of RENEW graced the celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) as the Guest of Honour at the Paro College of Education on 25th November 2021. Her Royal Highness Ashi Eeuphelma Choden Wangchuck, national and international dignitaries and officials from partner organizations attended the event. The event was organized by the Paro College of Education in collaboration with NCWC and RENEW with support from the UNFPA, UNDP, and JICA.  
Her Majesty the Queen Mother Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck, delivered a nationwide address to commemorate this momentous occasion. 
During the event, Her Majesty the Queen Mother Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck launched RENEW’s Audio Visual “We can do it! Nga Che Gyi Bay Tsub,” Paro College of Education and UNFPA’s Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy and E-Module on Comprehensive Sexuality Education, and NCWC’s Impact Assessment Report of COVID-19 on Women and Children and Mobile Application. 
Her Royal Highness Ashi Eeuphelma Choden Wangchuck launched the Druk Global Positioning System’s GPS application “Druk GPS” recognized as a life saving technology, and awarded prizes for the Innovative Livelihood Products.
This year, Bhutan proudly joins the world in observing the international theme “Orange the world: End violence against women now!” and observes the local theme “Together we can end gender based violence and promote psychological well-being.” Following the IDEVAW day, 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence will be observed which concludes on 10th December 2021, coinciding with the International Human Rights Day. The activism period is intended to address gender-based violence, and promote communal support in combating gender-based violence through a series of activities that will engage all sections of the society in Bhutan. 
Respect, Educate, Nurture and Empower Women (RENEW)

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