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When 28-year-old Namgay Peldon was elected as the Gup of Tashiding Gewog in Bhutan's Dagana district, she made history by becoming the first woman block leader since the country first went to the polls in 2008.
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Her Royal Highness of Bhutan, Ashi Sonam Dechan Wangchuck, joined prominent women leaders in Thimphu earlier this year to encourage young Bhutanese girls to enter politics. She spoke at an event to launch a UN Women-assisted project, “Inspiring Bhutanese Girls: Creating A New Generation of Leaders".