The Royal Government of Bhutan established the National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC) in 2004 as the national machinery to take the lead in promoting and protecting the rights of women and children in the country. In 2008, given the rising number of issues and the Commission’s increasing responsibilities, the Commission was upgraded to a fully autonomous agency under the Royal Government of Bhutan.
The NCWC is governed by a Commission comprising of a Chairperson (Cabinet Minister) and high level officials from relevant government, non-government and the private sector. The NCWC Secretariat is headed by the Director, under whom there are four main Divisions/Services: the Children Division; the Women Division; the Legal Services; and the Secretariat Services. The key focus of the NCWC is to establish a sustainable and comprehensive system to mainstream, protect and promote the rights of women and children in Bhutan.
|Vice Chair Person|
|2||Dasho Ugyen Dophu||Secretary, Ministry of Health|
|3||Dasho Karma Yeshi||Secretary, Ministry of Education|
|4||Sonam Wangchuk||Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Human Resources|
|5||Dasho Sonam Tshong||Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs|
|6||Dasho Karma Tsering Namgyel||Secretary, Dratshang Lhentshog|
|7||Dasho Tshering Dorji||Registrar General, Supreme Court|
|8||Dasho Tshewang Jurmi||Chairperson of Women’s Committee, National Assembly|
|9||Dasho Ngawang Pem||Dzongdag, Tsirang|
|10||Major Karma Rigzin||SP, Women and Child Protection Division, RBP Thimphu|
|11||Aum Tandin Wangmo||Executive Director, RENEW (NGO)|
|12||Aum Phub Zam||Yarkay Group Pvt. Ltd., Private Representative|
|13||Ms. Sonam Choden||Lawyer, Office of the Gyalpoi Zimpoen|
|14||Aum Kunzang Lhamu||Member Secretary/Director, NCWC|