Country / Region profile of: Bhutan

Women in Bhutan have gained greater access to the political arena and are working in more diverse economic areas. Bhutan is not currently involved in any armed conflicts, but there have been recent disputes along both its borders with China and India. Women in Bhutan have gained greater opportunities as economic development has increased, though traditional gender roles and expectations are still very prevalent. Bhutan ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1981. Currently, Bhutan is ranked at 121 out of 144 countries in the 2016 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). Bhutan voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty but has not yet signed or ratified. In October 2017, Bhutan did not participate in the Open Debate on WPS. At this point in time, there is no data available on the military spending of Bhutan.  Women in Bhutan are working in conjunction with local organisations to improve the quality of life for all Bhutanese women. 

"To create political will, it is important to stress that addressing gender inequality is not only about advancement of women’s rights but also about enabling women to make full use of their potentials and skills, thus contributing towards a productive workforce for the country and thereby enhancing good governance and economic growth." - Lily Wangchuck