A source of inspiration
A group of girls from Sakteng was in the capital for a week -long program that included football matches and interactions with various agencies related to women and children. Some of them had come to Thimphu for the first time and their experience has been different from their semi nomadic life.
In a friendly match with the Pelkhil School, their performance with the boots in the first half was not satisfactory but in the second half with the boots off their performance was brilliant and defeated the opponent.
This program is a joint partnership event of Thimphu City FC and UNICEF Bhutan to empower girls through sports to become the agent of change. It also marks the celebration of 70th anniversary of UNICEF.
The girls were also briefed by the health and nutrition officer of UNICEF that drinking tea with meals is not good as tannins present in tea hinder the process of iron absorption in the body. He also recommended having tea two hours before meals or two hours after them.
Some studies have shown that phenolic compounds present in tea interfere with the absorption of iron by forming iron-complex in the intestinal lining of the stomach.
Educating and empowering certainly will help bring more women forward but that has been done already. There are equal number of male-female students in all schools, but still more women seem losing the track in between.
Getting exposure to outside world will also encourage more women to participate in decision making process since everywhere in the world, majority of men holds key positions.
The election of two women Gups in the second local government election seems to be a positive trend and more must join the fray in order to make democracy work and level playing field in decision making process. Not only in democracy but woman participation in sports should also needs s to increase. The recent visit by a girl’s football team is a definitely going to make a long impact in bring about much need enthusiasm among our new female footballers.
As they leave Thimphu last Monday the team had learnt much about health, education sanitation and sports. When they reach home, their knowledge will be shared and little changes in the live hood of the nomadic life will have long impact in their daily life.
Thus, we should always keep supporting women in bringing them forward but we must not expect things to change in short period. The change will take place slowly as the Sakten girls received so much attention. We need to focus on the empowerment of women and Sakten girls can be taken as a source of inspiration for the time being.