Motivating Bhutanese Women’s Participation and Representation in Sports

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A committee member with the WSCB, Tshering Zangmo said that there is a need to encourage more women to take up leadership roles in sports.

Motivating Bhutanese women’s participation and representation in sports. (Source: www.bhutanfootball.org)

By Nima | Kuensel

 

According to an official from the Women and Sports Committee of Bhutan (WSCB), the dearth of representation of women at the leadership level of sports management impedes their participation in sports. This leads to a lack of confidence among women athletes

Of the 37 members who took part in the general assembly of Bhutan’s Olympic Committee earlier this year in Paro, the meeting saw only three women leaders participate.

Encouraging Bhutanese women to take up leadership roles in sports

A committee member with the WSCB, Tshering Zangmo said that there is a need to encourage more women to take up leadership roles in sports.

“This would be an inspiration and huge encouragement to young women in sports. However, there isn’t any motivating factor encouraging women to take up leadership roles in sports,” she said.

To foster gender equality in Olympic movements, the International Olympic Committee 2020 agenda focuses on achieving a 30 percent female participation in Olympic Games. It aims to stimulate women’s interest and participation in sports.

However, the official from the WSCB feels that it would be difficult for Bhutan to achieve the agenda.

“Women’s participation diversifies sports and leadership. It also brings in different ideas to take sports forward.”

A two-day seminar on professional communication skills conducted in Thimphu

Aimed at enhancing more representation and participation of Bhutanese women in sports, the WSCB with the support from the Olympic Solidarity and Bhutan Olympic Committee organised a two-day seminar on professional communication skills in Thimphu.

The seminar is conducted in accordance with the IOC 2020 agenda to help women reach at least a 30 percent representation in a leadership position at any level of sports. The programme is part of the IOCs’ global initiative.

“The percentage proven by several literatures was the tipping point to reach equal representation and participation,” said Gabriela Muller from Switzerland, the facilitator of the seminar.

She added that women’s participation in sports share a lot of cultural challenges. 

Challenges hindering Bhutanese women in sports participation

“There is a tremendous difference in prize money, sponsorship money and training cost between female and male athletes.”

 

Image Source: worldarchery.org

 

The national archer of Bhutan, Karma said that there is a need to inspire women in sports.

“There is an opportunity for women in sports. However, they lack the courage to embrace the opportunities,” she said.

In all sports competitions organised by the national federations last year, women’s team which took part received only 34.2 percent while the men’s team received 65.8 percent of the prize money.

The seminar included sessions on advanced communication skills, personal leadership, presentation skills, media training and public speaking abilities. More than 33 participants attended the seminar that ended on 13 April.

 

This article first appeared in Kuensel and has been edited for the new Bhutan Times.

 


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