Founded by Her Majesty the Queen Mother Sangay Choden Wangchuck, in 2004, RENEW (Respect, Educate, Nurture and Empower Women) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment of women and children in Bhutan and promoting Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), with specific attention to the survivors of domestic violence (DV) and Sexual & Gender Based Violence (SGBV).

Through the aspirations of Gross National Happiness (GNH) the Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB) has committed to achieve gender equality for the Bhutanese people. The Constitution of 2008 ensures equal rights to all citizens, regardless of sex, and state policy stipulates the “enjoyment of life by all citizens”. The principles of the Bhutanese state policy include a commitment to the creation of a state free of discrimination, including measures to eliminate the discrimination and exploitation of women.

Our approach towards effective collaborations and sustainability is to keep focusing on how to address the current crop of socio-economic challenges faced by its actual or perceived domestic violence / gender-based violence (DV/GBV) future clients through a mix of preventive as well as curative measures.

Of the many preventive measures to address these primarily social ills affecting the victims of domestic violence and vulnerable groups, effective and timely awareness related measures will be vested the top priority where RENEW could focus in reducing the incidences of domestic violence in a family through awareness campaigns and advocacy activities in partnerships primarily with government agents at national and local levels, CSOs, international agencies and private stakeholders. In addition, RENEW will undertake steps to explore emerging and innovative approaches in information and communications technologies (ICT) applications to reduce incidences of DV and GBV in the country.

RENEW will continue to seek stronger collaborations with relevant government agencies and try to provide any service(s) that complement the public services and especially in those areas where the government agencies or any other private or non-government agencies were unable to reach. 

We believe that going forward hand in hand with all our partners and stakeholders will not only improve the services that we jointly provide but also reach many more un-reached pockets of rural communities in the coming years. In addition, community-based support system (CBSS) and its interchangeable ties with Multi-sectoral task force (MSTF) is going to be one of the most crucial factors to minimize incidences of DV/GBV and sexual based violence in all parts of Bhutan. Such public-private partnerships need to be strengthened year after year for the common cause of achieving a violence-free and a happier society.

The biggest priorities for RENEW

 A) To keep developing its own in-house capacities (in terms of both numbers as well as demonstrated qualifications of human resources) to provide timely and effective services to DV/GBV victims all over the country.

B) To seek for an even stronger partnerships with government, private and international agencies to ensure far effective and efficient collective efforts and

        C) To ensure its operations’ sustainability by exploring appropriate and realistic fund raising activities as well as piloting carefully planned social enterprises on a phase by phase basis. 

To enhance quality Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) skills & knowledge among young people to promote gender equality, dignity, sense of inclusion & respect for others, RENEW with support from IPPF, South Asia Region, Campaign for Australian Aid and UNFPA in Bhutan has started providing CSE trainings to young people this year.
In the first batch, RENEW trained 33 youth participants from youth group such as VTOB Educational Services, Young Girls’ Circle, DAISAN, QUEER Voices of Bhutan and young RENEW’s interns.
The first day of training took place on 15th of January at RENEW conference, but due to “Blackout” period the training was carried out to through zoom on 20th January.
RENEW with support from IPPF, South Asia Region and Campaign for Australian Aid, successfully conducted Integrated Package Essential Service (IPES) training on 21 January, by Dr. Ataur of IPPF to the three nursing college lecturers of Royal Thimphu College, Faculty of Nursing and Public Health and Apollo Bhutan Institute of Nursing and RENEW officers. Total of 15 participants took part in this training.
The IPES training is to promote service provision for sexual and reproductive health needs based on Sexual and Gender Based Violence. The package consist of 8 essential service (counseling, contraception, safe abortion care, STIs/RTIs, HIV, Gynecology, maternal care and sexual and gender based violence.
RENEW with support from IPPF, South Asia Region and Campaign for Australian Aid, conducted a consultation meeting with Youth group and leader for development of youth related talk-show. The talk-show will provide a platform for youths from diverse background and beliefs to come together and have heart to heart conversation with services providers.
The main objective of the meeting was to develop concept, identify key issues and challenges.

With support from IPPF, South Asia Region and Australian Aid, RENEW in partnership with Adolescent Friendly Health Service Center (AFHS) successfully conducted a “Health and Awareness” program with the members of QUEER Voices of Bhutan and Pride Bhutan: “Celebrating Diversity” at Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck Mother and Child Hospital on 21sth December, The objective of the program is to identifying the crucial available health services that can be provided to the LGBTQ communities.

To mark the last day of 16 days of activism and International Human Rights Day, RENEW is proud to announce the winners of Sherubtse College, Royal University of Bhutan “Short documentary competition”.
The competition was first announced on 2nd October, with support from IPPF, South Asia Region, in order to generate more Youth engagement regarding Gender based violence and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
These are the three teams that won the prizes:-
1st-Nu. 10,000/-
Consultative meeting with Ministry of Education and RENEW to strengthen interagency collaboration and service delivery for children and adolescents in school.
The main objective of the meeting was to identify major areas of collaboration to inform, educate and empower children and adolescents. RENEW is proud to work hand in hand with Ministry of Education to create a safe environment for children of Bhutan.
This was possible with support from IPPF, South Asia Region SGBV-CSE project and Austrian Aid.

International day for the elimination of violence against women 2021

Today on 25th November, Bhutan observed international day for the elimination of violence against women at Paro College of Education with the theme “Orange the world: End violence against women now!” and local theme “Together we can end gender based violence and promote psychological well-being” The event was organized by the Paro College of Education (PCE), National Commission for Women and Children – NCWC, Bhutan and RENEW with support from UNFPA in Bhutan, UNDP Bhutan, JICA Bhutan Office at Paro college of Education.
Her Majesty the Queen Mother Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck, the Royal Patron of RENEW graced the occasion as the Guest of Honour. Her Royal Highness Ashi Eeuphelma Choden Wangchuck, national and international dignitaries and officials from partner organizations attended the event.
Her Majesty the Queen Mother Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck, delivered a nationwide address to commemorate this momentous occasion.
The key highlights of the day were the launch of:
1) An Audio visual – We can do it! Nga Che Gyi Bay Tsub
2) Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy and E-Module on Comprehensive Sexuality Education
3) Impact Assessment report of COVID 19 and Mobile Apps
4) Druk Global Positioning System (DGPS) – a life saving technology
5) Awarding of Prizes for Innovative livelihood Products

Druk GPS train RENEW staff on GPS Coordinate System

RENEW is happy to welcome iDesire to the cause! This year RENEW observing the 16 Days of Activism (25th November- 10th December 2021), mark the 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐄𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐕𝐢𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭 𝐖𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧 (𝐈𝐃𝐄𝐕𝐀𝐖) on the 25th of November 2021, with the local theme “Together, We Can Stop Gender Based Violence and Promote psychological wellbeing!”,
iDesire is generously supporting all 20 Dzongkhag’s CBSS (Community Based Support System) programs and also by sponsoring the prizes for the “Social media art competition”
We are extremely grateful and feel very fortunate to welcome iDesire in creating a just and equitable society in Bhutan. This is the first step in long term relationship with iDesire.

Druk GPS train RENEW staff on GPS Coordinate System

On 10/19/21, Druk GPS team has successfully trained 23 RENEW officials on 📲GPS Coordinates System📲 (A Life Saving Technology). Druk GPS team was formed from a group of volunteers (who were affected by Covid-19) trying to advocate the use of GPS coordinates System within Bhutanese society especially focusing on women and children’s safety.
RENEW would like to thank the following trainers (members of Druk GPS) for providing us with enriching experience and guidance:
1. Mr. Ugyen Dorji (Founder, Druk GPS)
2. Mr. Sonam Tobgay (Co-founder, Druk GPS)
3. Mr. Karma Rabten (Manager, Druk GPS)
4. Mr. Tshering Penjor (Practical head, Druk GPS)

Mental Health facilitator training

Bhutan Board of Certified Counselors and RENEW with support from UNFPA in Bhutan, completed a 6 day Mental Health facilitator training from 20th to 25th of September 2021.

Statement from Her Majesty the Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck on the occasion of Bhutan’s 50th Anniversary as a member to the United Nations.

Launch of The Bhutan Girls' pilot Project

On 27/8/2021, the Bhutan Girls’ Project was launched today by Her Excellency Dasho Dechen Wangmo, Minister for Health. The Bhutan Girls’ Project is in partnership with RENEW, Sherig Bhutan, Days for Girls Australia and Days for Girls International. The event was held at the khasadrapchu Middle Secondary School in Thimphu. Funded by the Days for Girls (DFG), Australia Limited, the kits are distributed to 106 girls identified from rural parts of the Thimphu – Genekha and Khasadrabchu School.

Development of guidelines on case management of GBV

RENEW and National Commission for Women and Children – NCWC, Bhutan with support from UNICEF Bhutan developed guidelines on case management of GBV and a training package based on the guidelines. The guidelines aims to standardize case management procedures for Gender-Based Violence (GBV) cases.
Using the training package, 16 RENEW CBSS volunteers from Haa, Paro, and Thimphu dzongkhags are attending a training in Paro from August 24-27 to provide case management services to survivors of GBV including during emergencies in line with the guidelines and the Standard Operating Procedures on GBV.

Result of CNR Competition

The winners of the  Poster making competition held on the theme “Education, Empowerment, Leadership and dignity of girls” organized by RENEW with support from Dignity Alliance International for the students of College of Natural Resources
The top three winners are:-
1st prize winner (Nu. 5000)-Yeshey Pelden. Masters in Development Practice
2nd prize winner (Nu. 3000)-Tashi Tshering. Master in Development practice
3rd prize winner (Nu. 2000)-Karma Yeshi. Master in Development practice

Livelihood updates

  1. RENEW is conducting Advance Tailoring Training from 5th July-3rd September with 15 participants at RENEW Vocational training Institute in Wangsisna, Thimphu.
  2. RENEW along with National Biodiversity center successfully complete 15 days Floriculture training at RENEW Vocational training Institute in Wangsisna, Thimphu.

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