THIMPHU, October 24, 2019: Dr Natalia Kanem, the Executive Director of United Nations Population Fund [UNFPA] met with monks and nuns from different monastic institutes who are part of UNFPA-RENEW’s Life Skills Education [LSE] Programme.
Dr Kanem spent more than an hour with the young monks and nuns, listening to their experiences from the LSE programme that they have been a part of. Currently, around 200 monks and nuns from monastic institutions have been trained in life skills as part of a program that was started by UNFPA and RENEW in 2011.
The interactive session had the nuns and monks asking Dr Kanem a lot of questions as well, who is on her first official visit to the Kingdom of Bhutan.
‘Your partnership with UNFPA in promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights, addressing sexual and gender-based violence in communities is really encouraging and admirable. I have faith that our continued partnership will contribute to Bhutan reaching gender equality and a society where no one is left behind and there is Happiness for All.’
UNFPA has been working in Bhutan since the 1970s, in close association with the Royal Government of Bhutan to support the national efforts to advance the sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights of adolescents and young people.