More than a thousand Bhutanese sign the HeForShe Pledge

The pledge advocates gender equality

Gender: More than a thousand Bhutanese have now joined the HeForShe movement for gender equality, the latest being National Assembly Speaker, Jigme Zangpo, according to a UNDP press release.

Eighteen members of parliament became HeForShe advocates, yesterday.

The HeForShe campaign is a global solidarity movement in support of women’s rights and full equality between women and men.

“Over 60 percent of civil servants are women. Where we are lacking is in Parliament. Parliament only has 8 percent (women) and we are rigorously working with UN agencies to increase women’s leadership role in parliament,” the Speaker said.

In Bhutan, UN Women and RENEW are working together to spread the HeForShe campaign throughout the country. Their work puts men at the centre of activism and dialogue to end persistent inequalities faced by women and girls throughout Bhutan.

“The role of men and boys in achieving gender equality is often overlooked,” said Christina Carlson, UN Resident Coordinator in Bhutan. “Yet men also recognise that when women are empowered, the whole of society benefits. HeforShe is a way for men to show their support,” she added.

At the inauguration of the HeForShe campaign, Secretary General Ban-ki Moon highlighted that HeForShe has signed up fathers who want to raise empowered daughters; leaders who know their societies will be stronger when there are as many women in parliament and in business as men; and ordinary people who are fed up with violence and discrimination against women – and want to be part of a global force for change.

Over the last 18 months, the global campaign has mobilised more than a billion men and boys as advocates and agents of change for gender equality.

Staff reporter

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  1. paradise2013
    paradise2013 says:

    MIGRATION OF PEOPLE TO ABROAD SINCE FEW DECADE.

    well our country is less than 8 lakhs population. Many educated and uneducated move abroad for many purpose .some move as baby sister or a care taker and some for business on gender base. But only very few come out good earning but many suffer and they cannot carry any activity once they return from abroad. And some divorced with the couple and leaving behind 2 -3 kids suffering from the basic necessity. And later on those youths lack of care and thus create a problem in the society.

    In short our government should come out with some mitigation measure to control such group of peoples migration. And some move for to meet their closed relatives in abroad and thus create less interest to carry their family lively hood which effects directly farming system in our country. And thus depending for fully import of basic necessity for day to day survivor .

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