Empowering Bhutan’s feminine local leaders on mediation skills

Nov 25, 2013

imageLocal leaders discuss cases and mitigation methods.

25 November, Phuentsholing - Over 60 women leaders from across Bhutan attended two week mediation training on the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).  Led by the Bhutan National Legal Institute (BNLI) the workshop was organized to arm women with required mediation skills and techniques for effective interventions when disputes arose in their communities. The training was held in Phuentsholing.

The training is the second part of the ADR for the leaders based in the southern parts of Bhutan; the first training was earlier conducted in Paro. Pema Wangchuk, Director of BNLI said local civil institutions would be strengthened, disputant relationships preserved with increased access to justice for disadvantaged groups. Adding, “As mediators, the local leaders need to be aware of the legislative intent and legal provisions so they mediate disputes within parameters of law.”

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye, said the ADR training will have several benefits for the participants, “First they come from the community,  secondly they are based in the community and not outside. Lastly they will be able to explain that going to court means one has to lose and another has to win.”

The event was jointly supported by UN Women and UNDP Bhutan to empower the women for better leadership and participation in democratic forums while also promoting their leadership and communication skills.  The BNLI is also familiarizing participants on the relevant laws and issues confronting the local leaders. The participants included Tshogpas (village representatives) and Mangmis (deputy block leader) as well as administration officers.

About BNLI:
The Bhutan National Legal Institute was established under the Judicial Service Act of 2007. It is the centre devoted to providing continuing judicial and legal education through training, professional development, research, publication and dissemination programs to foster desirable traits, values and attitudes for promoting a fair, just and efficient justice system.