The National Women's Association of Bhutan (NWAB) was established on April 9th, 1981. First established as an NGO, NWAB worked to promote the socioeconomic conditions of women throughout the country.
NWAB works to:
empower disadvantaged Bhutanese women, helping them gain control over their lives
contribute towards the well being, progress and development of family and community
coordinate with similar organisations committed to enhancing the socioeconomic status of disadvantaged women
promote economic opportunities, develop capability and raise awareness on women's rights
The NWAB has implemented many projects for women's development including vocational training and credit and savings schemes for rural women. It manages a leadership and training program for women on health and development issues. The association has also been instrumental in initiating the smoke-free stove project in rural areas, reducing air pollution, and lessening adverse effects on women's respiratory health.
The association organizes annual beauty contests featuring traditional arts and culture, fostered training in health and hygiene, distributes yarn and vegetable seeds, and introduces smokeless stoves in villages. More informaton about ongoing projects can be found online.