For a country that values its happiness so much, Bhutan’s happiness balance is skewed towards its men. Latest Gross National Happiness findings reveal that Bhutanese women are less happy than men — consistent with the 2010 findings. Only three women are elected members of the current Parliament, compared to seven elected in the first one. A recent national study found that nearly seven out of 10 women thought their husbands had a right to beat them if they went out without telling them, argued with them, refused to have sex with them or burnt food.
In this piece for HuffPost India, I explore why the Himalayan nation’s women want more happiness.