“Gasa MP”

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I felt un­der­stood, be­cause I come from a re­mote place most Bhutanese haven’t been to.”

With her love for a good de­bate and armed with ques­tions, al­ways, Yeshey Dem was called ‘Gasa MP’ while study­ing at Col­lege of Lan­guage and Cul­ture Stud­ies in Tak­tse.

So it only re­mained that when the time was ripe she would be mak­ing her way to the Par­lia­ment, and with rea­sons other than col­lege de­bate.

With her com­mand over Dzongkha, her con­fi­dent de­meanor and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills she was in­vited to host Druk Su­per­star, fol­low­ing which DNT of­fered her a job as a pub­lic re­la­tions as­sis­tant.

Her con­stituency is small, 996 vot­ers to be ex­act, the small­ness of which brings about a set of chal­lenges. Yeshey Dem has over­come few, one of it be­ing able to con­vince her par­ents about join­ing pol­i­tics and choos­ing DNT.

The past decade has seen her com­mu­nity and fam­i­lies di­vide over pol­i­tics. At one point her par­ents did not want her to join pol­i­tics, not be­cause they sup­ported a par­tic­u­lar party, but they feared they might not get com­mu­nity mem­bers to help a lend­ing hand with farm work.

She did her re­search on DNT, met the of­fice bear­ers and found it was com­pat­i­ble to her as­pi­ra­tions for her com­mu­nity.

“I felt un­der­stood, be­cause I come from a re­mote place most Bhutanese haven’t been to,” she said, “The sense of com­mu­nity is strong, yet it is sus­cep­ti­ble to ex­ploita­tion be­cause of lack of ex­po­sure.” Her par­ents too felt the same, once she ex­plained what Nyam­rup stood for.

By join­ing pol­i­tics, Yeshey Dem is de­ter­mined to pave way for girls in her com­mu­nity to be in­volved in de­ci­sion­mak­ing and take up lead­er­shop roles. “No women stood for elec­tions, be it the lo­cal gov­ern­ment or par­lia­men­tary elec­tions, and usu­ally there are no dis­cus­sions that a woman will,” she said.

At 25, the youngest can­di­date, Yeshey Dem wants to change the per­cep­tion that women are not ca­pa­ble and have bag­gages that make them un­der­per­form or un­der­mine the po­si­tion of a par­lia­men­tar­ian.

Name : Yeshey Dem Age : 25 Years Con­stituency : Khamaed_Lu­nana, Gasa Email : de­myeshey@gmail.com Phone : 77764895 Ed­u­ca­tion : Bach­e­lor of Arts (Lan­guage and Lit­er­a­ture), In­sti­tute of Lan­guage and Cul­tural Stud­ies

Pro­fes­sional back­ground : Pub­lic Re­la­tions As­sis­tant, DNT

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