The fourth to declare interest to contest for National Council from Zhemgang is Yeshi Tshomo, 28, the first woman aspirant from the district for this election.
Yeshi Tshomo from Ngangla gewog has a bachelor of business administration degree from North Bengal University. She graduated from the university in 2009 and worked as a contract teacher, after which she started her own business.
“I want to contest because the number of women candidates are less,” Yeshi Tshomo said. “Women’s participation in decision making is less be it in parliament, civil service or judiciary.”
Her participation, she said, would hopefully serve as a source of encouragement and inspiration to young girls.
“Almost 50 percent of our total population is female, and it isn’t fair to have so little representation in leadership position,” Yeshi Tshomo said.
The other reason why she wanted to participate was because of the support she had from her community and family, who wanted her to represent them.
While representing women is her core interest, Yeshi Tshomo said, if elected, she would also focus on addressing issues related to rural-urban migration and creating an enabling environment for employment opportunities to youth.
“Rural-urban migration trend is increasing and it affects overall livelihood and developmental process,” she said. “To curb the issue, it should be addressed at the gewog and dzongkhag level.”
Coming from a big family connected to other families in her community, Yeshi Tshomo is fairly confident that she has a good chance of getting elected.
“I’m hopeful other gewogs will also support me to win this election,” she said.
By Yeshey Dema