Article 9 of the Constitution entitled "Principles of State Policy" includes specific provisions to safeguard the rights of women and children. In particular, specific provisions under Article 9 of the Constitution set out that:
- The State shall endeavour to create a civil society free of oppression, discrimination and violence, based on the rule of law, protection of human rights and dignity, and to ensure the fundamental rights and freedoms of the people (Section 3);
- The State shall endeavour to take appropriate measures to eliminate all forms of discrimination and exploitation against women including trafficking, prostitution, abuse, violence, harassment and intimidation at work in both public and private spheres (Section 17);
- The State shall endeavour to take appropriate measures to ensure that children are protected against all forms of discrimination and exploitation including trafficking, prostitution, abuse, violence, degrading treatment and economic exploitation (Section 18).
Source of Information
Response of the Government of Bhutan to the questionnaire on violence against women 2011; CEDAW/C/BTN/Q/7/Add.1, p. 5 & 7