World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle to encourage worldwide awareness and action for environment. Over the years it serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for environment, starting individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.
TWA observed the day,5th June 2015, through awareness programs with school children and public.Tibetan Women’s Association, Student for a Free Tibet, India and International Tibet Network observed World Environment Day by raising awareness on the crucial environment situation inside Tibet. The UN declared theme for this year is focusing on Sustainable Living and hence the three Tibetan NGOs aimed to encourage the general public on adopting a more sustainable way of living. Individuals took their personal responsibilities and pledged for a sustainable society in the future.
Kalon Dicki Chhoyang of Department of Information and International Relations, CTA and Pema Chedon, the research and media officer of Central Tibetan Women’s Association attended the 5th biennial Nobel Women’s Initiative international conference DEFENDING THE DEFENDERS in The Netherlands.
114 women human rights defenders and organisations working to advance the global agenda to protect women’s human rights defenders gathered at Santpoort-Noord, The Netherlands, over the weekend. Six women Nobel Peace Prize Laureates of the Nobel Women’s Initiative hosted this conference.
The participants comprised of human rights defenders, peace activists, advocates, researchers, donors and journalist from over 20 countries gathered to brainstorm on how best to protect women human rights defenders. Past conferences took place in Guatemala, Ireland, and Canada.
Kalon Dicki Chhoyang, head of the Department of Information and International Relations was invited to moderate a panel discussion on “Networks save lives: protection strategies for WHRDs (Women’s Human Rights Defenders).” She also spoke about Tibetan women as human rights defenders in Tibet.
The 11th Panchen Lama, Gedun Choekyi Nyima, was born on 25 April 1989 (the nineteenth day of the third Tibetan month in the Tibetan Earth-Snake Year) at Lhari, Nagchu District, in Tibet.
It is a well known fact that the Panchen Lama has always been an important figure in Tibet’s spiritual and political history. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama on 14 May 1995 publicly announced Gedhun Choekyi Nyima as the rightful incarnate of His Holiness the 10th Panchen Lama. A mere three days after this announcement was made, Chinese authorities abducted the six-year old boy, along with his parents and Chadrel Jampa Trinley Rinpoche, the head of the Search Committee for the 11th Panchen Lama, among others.
Despite the repeated attempts to gain access to the boy, no international agencies or human rights organizations have been allowed to visit him or his family and their condition continues to remain uncertain.
May 17th 2015 will mark 20 years of enforced disappearance. The young Panchen Lama, who was once the world’s youngest political prisoner, has turned into a 26 year old adult under Chinese custody; through this time, the young lama has been denied his fundamental rights, clearly highlighting the fact that Tibetans in Tibet do not enjoy basic human and child rights, and religious freedom.
We call on the Chinese government to know that we’ll never give up searching for the 11th Panchen Lama. Our goal is to ensure His safe return to Tashi Lhunpo Monastery and to see Him being restored to his religious and political rights.
Tibetan Women’s Association
Central Executive Committee
The Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) is the second largest Tibetan Non Governmental Organization (NGO) based in exile India and the only Women’s NGO in Tibetan history. We are today a 17,000 member organization with 56 chapters in four continents- Asia, US. Europe and Australia. TWA’s slogan is ‘Advocacy for Home, Action in Exile.’
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT:We are looking to hire a Research and Media Officer; the officer will need the skills to research and write reports concerning Tibet and women’s issues as well as newsletters, press releases and various publications to support the work of TWA.
Remuneration: The selected candidate will receive a salary of rupees 10,000 and rent allowance of rupees 1,500 per month.
Criterias and Qualifications;
The ideal candidate will:
• Be a female and below 35 years
• Masters in English Literature or higher degrees
• Preferably have masters degree in Journalism or Mass Communication and work experience in the related field • Have fair computer knowledge
• Have excellent English spoken and written skills
• Be creative, tactful and decisive
• Have very good Public Relation skills
• Be very resourceful
• A good team worker/player
• Be a public speaker
Aspiring applicants are advised to send us a copy of the following; Covering letter addressed to the President of TWA
‘Statement of Purpose’ –explaining why you deserve this position (minimum 350 words)
Attested copies of Green Book,
Attested copies of Registration Certificate,
One Reference Letter