A 5-day comprehensive training on Consensus Building Initiative rollout training was conducted for 5 western dzongkhag from 2nd – 6th December 2019 to MTSF- CBSS Volunteers, law enforcement personnel and Local Government leaders at Wangdue with the fund support from #UNDPBHUTAN
RENEW’s Consensus Building Programme is the direct resolute of extensive consultations with multiple stakeholders. They are buttressed by a broad-based literature review on the use and appropriateness of so-called “alternative” forms of dispute resolution (ADR) in cases involving domestic violence. RENEW CBSS Volunteers active in Bhutan’s district could play a constructive role strengthening and clarifying the interrelationship between Bhutan’s formal and informal justice sectors with regard to issues of domestic violence. Jointly with our volunteers and stakeholders, we explored how this proposed model would reconcile Bhutan’s strong tradition of informal dispute resolution processes (meaning local-level dispute resolution processes, usually adopting a less adversarial framework, and typically oriented towards more restorative types of outcomes) with Bhutan’s equally strong commitment to globally accepted human rights norms with regard to women’s and girls’ right to be free from domestic violence or abuse of any kind.
The first training was carried out for 50 police officials from across the nation in 2018 to create a local support system for the volunteers with the police. About ten volunteers were also trained and it was highly recommended that the training be rolled out for other volunteers and local leaders to create an intervention as well as a support mechanism in the local communities for DV and GBV. Apart from creating legal awareness to the participants and strengthening local networks to prevent DV, the people in the communities will have more access to local social services inclusive of medical aid, legal aid, counselling, livelihood skills trainings and micro-finance once the networks take the ownership of the project. The ultimate objective is to strengthen such mechanisms in all 20 districts in collaboration with the Local Government within the 12 FYP (2019-2023) using the CBI process/training.