To observe World AIDS Day, a storytelling session on the theme “My Story: Living Life with HIV,” is currently ongoing at Samtse. This side-event is organized by the UN in Bhutan in collaboration with Lhak Sam and Rainbow Bhutan: “Celebrating Diversity” and supported by UNAIDS.
The main objective of this event is to share stories of courage to inspire not only people living with HIV but everyone to work as a community to make a difference in the AIDS response.
Opening the event, the Health Minister, Lyonpo Dechen Wangmo, on the two new people living with HIV who went public today said, “their life is going to be different from today. Unless we work together, we will never achieve our aspirations. If we understand their problems and find solutions. The magnitude of an epidemic like this is more dangerous for a small society.”
“Communities around the world are at the heart of this response―helping people to claim their rights, promoting access to stigma-free health and social services, ensuring that services reach the most vulnerable and marginalized, and pressing to change laws that discriminate. As the theme of this year’s observance rightly highlights, communities make the difference.”- UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres:
Breaking the silence is the FIRST step to transforming the culture of gender-based violence. It’s time to SPEAK UP and BREAK the cycle of ABUSE!
Rape, a single word with devastating impact that spans decades, even generations. It destroys bodies and minds and puts peace in jeopardy. When left unpunished or trivialized, it creates a pervasive culture where sexual violence is normalized, women and girls are undervalued, and entire communities and nations are left fractured.
The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign will mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, from 25 November to 10 December, under the theme, “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape”. Join us in galvanizing actions around the world to take a stand against sexual violence in all contexts and spark a global conversation about what it will take to prevent and end rape.
Speaker: Kunzang Choden
Kunzang Choden is Bhutan’s leading author. She has written several publications on Bhutanese oral traditions, folklore and women. Some of the books she has written are Mindful Compassion, The Circle of Karma, Dawa: The Story of a Stray Dog in Bhutan, Room in Your Heart, Chilli and Cheese: Food and Society in Bhutan, Bhutanese Tales of the Yeti, Folktales of Bhutan, Bhutan : Land of Spirituality and Modernization: Role of Water in Daily Life and Tales in Colour and Other Stories.
Host: Dr. Karma Phuntsho
The Founder and President of Loden Foundation, a development organization that promotes education, social entrepreneurship and Bhutan’s culture and tradition as well as the Shejun Agency for Bhutan’s Cultural Documentation and Research.
Date: 12 December
Venue: UN House
Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Please register on: https://tinyurl.com/r9b5bk3
The Resident Coordinator of UN in Bhutan welcomed the Executive Director of UNFPA, Dr. Natalia Kanem to Bhutan. Dr. Natalia is on a 4-day visit at the invitation of the Royal Government of Bhutan. While in the country, Dr. Natalia will open the seminar on “ICPD25 in Bhutan” at Paro College of Education, visit the Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Mother and Child Hospital and attend the ICPD dialogue. The Executive Director will also call on the Foreign Minister and the Health Minister.