In the past week, village heads and kamnan across the country have been staging protests against the government's attempts to limit their tenure to five years instead of retirement at 60. One thing is glaringly missing in their protests _ women.
Yes, theirs are the protests of the old boys' club trying to protect their turf against democratic incursions. Their protests should not only alert us of the need to bring village heads and kamnan in line with the times, but also the urgency of increasing the number of women in local administration.
According to the Office of Gender Equality Promotion, Ministry of Social Development and Social Security, women comprise only 4.5% of village heads and kamnan nationwide.