Hop­ing to be Gup next time : Tsheten Zangmo

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Pema Yang­zom

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.

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