Feminization of Politics and Leadership in Bhutan
As a woman whenever I advocate for women rights and the need for more women leaders in the society, I would receive very negative comment especially from male counterparts pointing out all the worst women leaders in history and the bad things that they did so far. They argue that males are equally capable of empathy and compassion as a female and that it doesn’t necessarily mean females are better.
If we look at the evolution of human beings in terms of males and females, each had a role. The males were the hunters, tool-makers, protectors, etc. while women nurtured their children, cooked, cleaned and took care of the family…. Men were always involved in more brutal side of actions such as wars because of the need to defend and offend. So I strongly believe that as much as the patriarchal system of the society looked down on the capabilities of the woman , it also enabled women to grow up as more nurturing, emotional and caring human beings because there was no need to be violent, it was not our role.
It is true that every individual needs to be judged by the character but women have yet not even been given a platform to showcase our capabilities. We have to remember Society has been built by men not women. The rules of the games have been made by men not women. If women are to succeed in a highly male-dominated society only those women possessing characters of a male become successful.
Therefore, I strongly support if not more at least equal representation of women in leadership roles not because we want to dominate the game but merely it is time to change the rules of the game. We need good amount of women leaders to change the rules. We talk about moral values and compassion but looking at the world today, each day it is becoming harder and harder to be humane ; everyone is competing with each other for resources, capitalism and greed is escalating and society has been for so long facing a crisis in consciousness. It is my own belief that good women if given a chance can trigger tremendous changes within the society. Women have always been held at a higher esteem in terms of character than men from ancient times . Women have so much double standards. For example: If a male misbehaves, its seen as normal. We say “aahhh phoja butshu mey” If a woman misbehaves she faces so much social stigma. So many double standards apply to women.
But at the end of the day , we as women should realize the significance of these double standards applied by not just the society but even ourselves. Mankind has always always expected more from women because deep inside we all know there is an intrinsic difference between the role of a nurturer and protector. Even I apply these double standards to my female friends as well as myself than my male friends. I am being prejudice but it is such a natural feeling for me to want a woman retain her timeless role; strong,compassionate, open, warm and friendly, as a woman should be. Billions of good mothers have given birth and nurtured billion of children but today it is time for mothers to nurture not just their family but their whole community .There is a superwomen inside all of us, women. We just haven’t been given the chance to save the world, not yet.