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Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck and Dr Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, UNFPA interact with Punakha Students on Youth and Adolescent Challenges

Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck and Dr Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, UNFPA interact with Punakha Students on Youth and Adolescent Challenges

PUNAKHA, October 25, 2019: More than 600 youth and adolescents from 5 schools had a chance to listen to Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuk and Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund [UNFPA] talk to them about the importance of recognizing sexual reproductive health as a right at Speaking to the students of Tashiding MSS, Punakha CS, Kuruthang MSS, Khuruthang Technical Training Institute, College of Natural Resources and Ugyen Academy, Her Majesty addressed on Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights. Dr. Natalia Kanem from UNFPA who is on her first visit to the Kingdom of Bhutan speaking to the students, said, ‘What do we mean by sexual reproductive health rights? It means This visit was a continuation of the work Her Majesty has been doing with youth and adolescents in the Kingdom of Bhutan as UNFPA’s Goodwill Ambassador to raise awareness about critical issues such as teenage pregnancy, child sexual abuse, domestic and gender based violence, mental health and alcohol and substance abuse. The students from Ugyen Academy also put up a skit titled “Many Broken Lives” highlighting every day challenged faced by young people in Bhutan. The event was organized by RENEW [Respect, Educate, Nurture and Empower Woman] that has been working in Bhutan for the last 15 years to advocate for sexual reproductive health rights and addressing gender based violence. This event was all the more significant because in less than a month, the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 marking 25 years of the International Conference on Population and Development will be held in Kenya between 12th and 14th of November, during which youth and adolescents will take centre stage as a key stakeholder who will participate and contribute to global efforts to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.