Queen Mother Led Women’s Day Celebrations

In a resplendent celebration of female empowerment and achievement, Her Majesty Queen Mother Sangay Choden Wangchuck graced the International Women’s Day festivities at the Gyalpozhing College of Information and Technology in the capital today. The event, held annually on the 8th of March, pays homage to the invaluable contributions of women globally.

Under the overarching theme of “Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress” set forth by the United Nations, and the complementary global theme of “Inspire Inclusion,” the event underscored the pivotal role women play in propelling societal advancement.

Her Majesty Queen Mother Sangay Choden Wangchuck’s presence was not only symbolic but deeply meaningful as she marked her 25th year as the Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Population Fund. Additionally, the occasion commemorated the 20th anniversary of RENEW, with Her Majesty unveiling the organization’s special anniversary logo.

One of the highlights of the event was the presentation of the inaugural ‘Got to Break Free’ awards to six outstanding individuals from South Asian countries. These awards, conceived to honor activists combating Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), signify a commitment to recognizing and supporting those who champion crucial causes in their respective nations. Dr. Alvaro Bermejo, Director General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, emphasized the importance of such recognition, expressing hope that it would inspire further impactful actions.

Jointly organized by RENEW and the National Commission for Women and Children, the event served as a platform for advocacy and reflection on the strides made in gender equality and the challenges that persist.

Meanwhile, in Punakha, the spirit of International Women’s Day was echoed in a different yet equally powerful manner. Female students and staff of the Ugyen Academy engaged in a spirited football match organized by the Bhutan Football Federation. This initiative aimed not only to promote physical activity but also to foster a culture of inclusivity, encouraging girls and women to actively participate in sports.

Officials from the Bhutan Football Federation highlighted the transformative potential of sports in empowering girls, providing them with a sense of agency and security within their environment.

As the day unfolded with various activities across the nation, the overarching message remained clear: the journey towards gender equality is ongoing, but with concerted efforts and unwavering dedication, we can create a future where every woman and girl can thrive, uninhibited by societal constraints.

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