Justice for all: Civil Society Engagement in Bhutan

To bring civil society actors together and to develop a network of interested groups in Bhutan and to initiate discussion among civil society organizations working in the justice space, JSW School of Law in collaboration with the University of Sheffield, which is one of the top 10 law schools in the United Kingdom is organizing a two-day workshop from today titled “Justice for All: Civil Society Engagement in Bhutan.” at Terma Linca Resort, Thimphu.

List of Civil Society Organizations attending the workshop;

  1. Tarayana Foundation
  2. Jamchog Thuendrel
  3. Bhutan Transparency
  4. Lhak Sam
  5. Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy
  6. Bhutan Media Foundation
  7. Nazhoen Lamtoen
  8. Bhutan Network for Empowering Women
  9. Royal Society for Protection of Nature
  10. Journalist Association of Bhutan
  11. RENEW

The workshop aims to;

  1. Connect CSOs with current thinking in the area of global justice work and civil society advocacy. Here, the workshop will focus upon two developments: (a) the recognition of justice as underpinning development at all levels, and the resulting SDG 16+ vision; and (b), new focus on the importance and role of civil society in supporting and driving progress towards justice goals.
  2. Provide CSOs with an opportunity to discuss key areas of need from within their own practise areas, and here we have decided to concentrate upon three cross-cutting thematic areas. Thus, the specific and often neglected justice needs of (i) women, (ii) children and youth; and (iii) disabled or vulnerable populations. The purpose of this second aim is to produce a small set of target areas for future coordinated activity.
  3. Provide a forum and to initiate discussion among CSOs on the possibilities for coordinated action in support and advocacy on justice goals. The purpose of this third aim is to think about how coordinated activity might be undertaken and what the benefits of a CSO coalition or some other form of justice-focused coordination might be and to test support for further work in this area.
  4. Identify areas of practical support, training or knowledge exchange that would enhance the capacity of CSOs to work both individually and as sector in pushing ahead on activities such as those identified above. The aim here is to broaden the discussion into new areas of work and towards innovative prospects.

This event is organized by Profs. Mark Brown and Dema Lham, and funded under the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund.