March 16, 2018
Since 2016, JICA Bhutan Office and National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC) are implementing a three- year country focused Knowledge Co-Creation Program (KCCP) "Capacity Building of Government Officials and Rural Women on Gender Mainstreaming and Empowerment of Women," which offered seven Bhutanese in 2016 and nine Bhutanese in 2017 on the following JICA training courses in Japan: Gender Mainstreaming policies for Government Officers, Gender & Diversity in Disaster Risk Reduction; and Empowerment of Rural Women.
To discuss the sustainability of the impact from the participants who attended the KCCP on Gender in Japan, on 16th March 2018, JICA Bhutan Office and NCWC jointly organized a half day Knowledge Sharing session on Gender Training Courses in Thimphu.
This is the second time such seminars have been organized, and the objectives of the seminar are twofold:
The ex-participants from NCWC and the Sarpang Dzongkhag presented their experiences and action plans on "Gender Mainstreaming Policies for Government Officers" and" Gender & Diversity in Disaster Risk Reduction". Apart from the presentations on their lessons learnt from Japan, NCWC also shared with the mass on Standard Internal Framework to address Gender Issues at the Workplace. The objectives of the framework are: a) To streamline the mechanisms to address gender related issues and enhance working environment particularly for women given the current gender gaps; b) To address harassment issues including sexual harassment at workplace; and c) To enhance understanding on gender issues at workplace.
In the opening remarks, Mr. Koji Yamada, Chief Representative of JICA Bhutan Office, talked about the backgrounds of the forum. He said, "The effectiveness of the KCCPs has been one of the priority issues and this forum is one of my first answers to ensure the effectiveness of the action plan implementation incorporating the support and pressure from the peers." He also pointed out JICA technical cooperation project titled "Decentralized Hands-On Program Exhibition (D-HOPE)," Catalogues in front of the participants were the product of the project, and the majority of the entrepreneurs are female. For D-HOPE Punakha, 18 out of total 29 are women entrepreneurs, while there are 35 female out of total 42 program providers for D-HOPE Paro.
He added that he expected this forum to continue every year, taking in new members who complete their KCCPs in the future and become new ex-participants. It may be difficult for the female ex-participants stationed outside Thimphu to attend the forum at the center. Therefore, he would like to think about installing the second layer, JICA forum at the Dzongkhag level.
The seminar was attended by some donor agencies, CSOs, Government Officials, Entrepreneurs, and JICA Project experts and JOCV.
Along with the country training program, in 2016, JICA conducted a survey to produce Country Gender Profile in the Kingdom of Bhutan.
CR with participants
CR giving opening Remarks
Crowd listening to the presentation
Presentation by NCWC officer