Patron of Lhak-Sam (BNP+) – Her Majesty the Gyelyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck
Her Majesty the Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck is a patron of Lhaksam. This was made possible through the support of the Executive Director of RENEW who approached Her Majesty on behalf of Lhak-Sam. Her Majesty is the Founder of RENEW (Respect, Educate, Nurture and Empower Women) and the UNFPA Good Will Ambassador.
Her Majesty on the 11th October 2013, granted an audience to 29 HIV positive members of Lhak-Sam and the Minister of Health, Director General of Public Health and the Executive Director of Lhak-Sam. During the International World Aids day celebration at the Thimphu Clock Tower, Her Majesty as the Chief Guest also launched the First Strategic Plan of Lhak-Sam (2014-2018).
It was during the 2011 World Aids day celebration at the Youth Centre, where Her Majesty was Chief Guest, when one of the Lhak-Sam members for the first time declared his positive status to a large gathering. Later in the evening he was joined by four other members in a live panel discussion on the Bhutan Broadcasting Service.
Her Majesty Gyelyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck is well known for her efforts in the field of Sexual and reproductive Health Rights (SRHR), Gender Based Violence (GBV), HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
With the support of the Executive Director of RENEW, Lhaksams request for In discussion with the Executive Director of RENEW (Respect, Educate, Nurture and Empower Women), on 7th of June, 2013, Lhak-Sam wrote formally to RENEW Organization, for her kind assistance to approach Her Majesty the Gyelyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck, founder of RENEW and Good Will Ambassador of United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA), on behalf of Lhak-Sam for Her Majestys kind consideration to be the patron of Lhak-Sam.