UN Women representative in Bhutan

United Nations (UN) Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, UN Women representative, Rebecca Reichmann Tavares met local journalists yesterday at Taj Tashi, Thimphu.

UN Women is a part of the UN family in Bhutan working on the four key areas of gender responsive governance, women political participation, elimination of violation against women, and economic empowerment.

During her stay she visited Royal University of Bhutan, Institute of Gross National Happiness, Election Commission of Bhutan and National Commission for Women and Children.

Rebecca R Tavares said UN Women has a program on gender responsive planning and budgeting with the Department of National Budget under the Finance Ministry, which the country initiated two years ago and will be further strengthened in the 11th five year plan.

The project also aims at promoting gender equality and women empowerment and keeps a tab on investments.

Rebecca said other major programs that UN Women is pursuing with the government are the promotion of women empowerment in local governance and decision-making bodies and in promoting women- voter participation.

She said UN Women can work together with the National Commission for Women and Children on a number of programs to increase women participation in local governance, and with Election Commission of Bhutan on women- voter participation.

UN Women has offices in India, Bhutan, Maldives, and Sri Lanka.

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