Posted On: September 25th, 2018
Bhutan Center for Media and Democracy (BCMD)’s project “Strengthening democracy in Bhutan through enhancing civil society space and inspiring active and engaged citizenship”, aims to work with civil society members and vulnerable groups to be more effective actors in democracy through enhanced leadership, advocacy, networking and awareness on media, democracy and citizenship.
It aims to:
The two-year project has already made tremendous progress during its first quarter of implementation.
A training on media and democracy literacy for CSOs was also carried out. 16 male and 8 female representatives from CSOs attended the training. The training provided awareness of Bhutan’s democracy and the responsibility of its citizens to know the difference between real and fake news, how to counter those who would manipulate media to hurt the country’s developing democracy. The participants represented diverse backgrounds; included a monk, nuns, communication officers, CBO representative, teachers, program officers, outreach workers and textile conservators.
The major challenges faced by BCMD during the implementation was the inability to conduct “public” events due to election year, and difficulty to get anticipated full participations from CSOs since everyone was operating within the tight open schedule before the elections.