A source of in­spi­ra­tion

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

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.

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