Hoping to be Gup next time : Tsheten Zangmo
Women empowerment helps women to take their own decision by breaking all social stigma and social norms. It is to bring equality in the society for both male and female in all aspect of a life.
Women empowerment is indispensable to bring bright future of the family, society and country as a whole.
In Bhutan there is gender equality between man and female. Women are given same opportunity as a man. Women are given same platform to showcase their talents in various and every sphere.
However, there is still unbalance in the number of women and man in the country. There is still male domination in every sector, be it social or political. Most of the women lack confidence in taking part in the social and political areas.
Tsheten Zangmo has served as the clerk for seven years and five years as a Mangmi for Dokhar, Issakha, Goensakha and Phuchekha in Paro.
She was first women from her Gewog to contest for Mangmi. She came forward this year to contest for a post of gup but lost the election.
Even though she is versed experienced one to be a gup for her gewog, people have less confidence in her capability.
“I decided to stand for the election of gup because I’m confident enough of my work,” Tsheten Zangmo said, “I have worked as officiat- ing gup in his absence and gained more knowledge about the constitution and law of our country.”
Tsheten Zangmo has graduated till class ten and after that served as a clerk, Mangmi and also taught Dzongkha in the school and in NFE (Non Formal Education) in her village.
Tseten Zangmo said, during her tenure as a mangmi, she has focused more on the least privilege people and for those who have census problem. Nevertheless, she even introduced ECCD for the children and NFE for the people in her village.
Being the eldest in a family she couldn’t go for further studies and for the benefit of her siblings she drop out from school to look after them.
“When I contested for the mangmi, I stood among three men. There was talk behind me as people were saying, to pass judgment is the work of a man and women are incapable to pass judgment. Even then I didn’t give upon my goal, said Tsheten Zangmo.
Fortunately, behind all talks she won the election not because she was found capable by the people but other contestant was either have bad reputation and unfamiliar with the people of her village.
Tsheten Zangmo has encouraged other women to take part in contesting for Mangmi when she contested for a gup but they all lost the election.
“I want women to come forward leaving their social norm to fight for their rights to take their own decision,” Tsheten Zangmo said, “If I were to be elected for the next election my motive will be Transparency, equality and women empowerment.”
Despite, losing election for a gup this year, Tsheten Zangmo has still hope for the next election.