Bhutan observed the International day for Elimination of Violence against Women last Sunday on 25 November, 2012. The day is internationally observed to highlight and address violence against women and girls prevalent internationally and even back home.
“Millions of women and girls around the world are assaulted, beaten, raped, mutilated or even murdered in what constitutes appalling violations of their human rights. We must fundamentally challenge the culture of discrimination that allows violence to continue. On this International Day, I call on all governments to make good on their pledges to end all forms of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world, and I urge all people to support this important goal.”
This message from the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was posted on the UN website for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
In the country, the day was observed with the theme, ‘Commit, Act and Demand’ while the global theme was, ‘a promise is a promise’.
As part of the day’s program, Her Majesty the Queen Mother Sangay Choden Wangchuck launched a study on violence against women conducted by the National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC).