Recently, women quota became the talk of the market in Bhutan. The discussion is going on in various social media. And, today, MP from Paro, Dasho Kezang D. Wangmo made post in her Facebook wall clarifying why women quota would be advantageous. But I disagree with her clarifications and here I would like to share my opinions.
1. She talked about stereotypical and many other barriers existing in Bhutan which prevent women from reaching a platform where they can compete in “fairer manner.” However, Bhutanese women do not have any social barriers and I, personally feels that stereotypical barriers has been eradicated much better than in olden days and in comparison to other countries. We may need some more time but it will extinct soon. So, that woman can compete with man in realistic manner not through support of quota.
2. Women quota is a positive discrimination. It concludes women are still minority in the society. For an example, of the twin child, weaker child would receive more attention and more care. Introduction of women quota would mean the same thing. It indirectly says women are weaker sex, discriminated. We don’t want people to term women with indignity like “She stood because of quota.” We want people to say, “She stood because she is capable.” Women should prove their capability and rise up, not by mean of some quota system. Those who are capable are already shining. We would always fail in achieving gender equality if such advantages are favoured for the women.
3. Lesser women representatives in parliament and in leadership capacity should not be the reason for women quota. Women are given equal opportunity as men. In democratic society, we must respect the voting rights of the people. Voters can’t be lured to vote for women because government is spending huge sum as women quota. Women must prove their capability as is being proven by some of the Bhutanese women.
4. Our society is not in need of quota system. We are in need of educational interventions. Women getting support of various unfair interventions will not empower them rather subdue their voice. It would create more discrimination. It apparently concludes the incapability of women. What would be the answer if quota system proves no better? We can’t go with trails and cripple the economy of our country where our country is already strangulated with millions of debt.
5. It somehow seems, women would come forward because of attractive quota. But it will not last in long run. Women must come forward with genuine commitment and dedication, not for the attractive quota.
These opinions are not the direct attack to Dasho Kezang D Wangmo’s opinion. These points are my opinion and I am sharing it in my blog to have online discussion.