The Huffington Post: Why Women Want To Be Happier In Bhutan – One Of The World’s Happiest Countries

Pema Choden Tenzin, owner and publisher of Bhutan's only women's magazine. Photo: Neha Tara Mehta

Pema Choden Tenzin, owner and publisher of Yeewong, Bhutan’s only women’s magazine. Photo: Neha Tara Mehta

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.

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