Bhutanese women leaders take on mediation training

Sep 17, 2013

Paro, 17 September - With support from UN Women and UNDP, the Bhutan National Legal Institute (BNLI) is conducting a two-week mediation training for 61 women local leaders from eleven dzongkhags in Paro.

Led by the BNLI, the training will prepare women with effective negotiation skills while resolving disputes in their communities. The training will deliver a session on relevant laws and issues confronting local leaders and cover issues relating to women and children’s rights.

Her Royal Highness Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck, who is the President of the BNLI stressed in her opening statement, “As local leaders you have a pivotal role to play in upholding rule of law,” she said (source Kuensel). She informed participants that the rule of law was crucial for nurturing a strong democracy, sovereignty and for socio-economic development for Bhutan.

The BNLI Director Pema Wangchuk said, “As mediators, the local leaders need to be aware of the legislative intent and legal provisions so they mediate disputes within parameters of law.” (source Kuensel). He further added that it would enhance the leadership and participation of women in democratic forums.

The workshop will be conducted by resource persons including the Supreme Court Chief Justice, judges, legal officers, and mediation experts over ten days. The workshop started on 17 September and ends 30 September.

Contact Information

Angela Ison
Gender Specialist
UN Women (Bhutan)