Women’s Empowerment Program
TWA runs a Women’s Empowerment Program (also known as ‘ETA’ or ‘Empowerment Through Action’) which seeks to empower an exiled society with the following classes:
1. Young Tibetan Women’s Leadership Training.
2. Gender Sensitization and Domestic Violence Training.
3. Nuns Leadership Training.
4. Democracy Training.
Under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, education has become a primary focus and responsibility of Tibetans living in exile. The value of a literate and informed society is vital when it comes to Tibet’s struggle for freedom. Educational development is, therefore, a major concern of the Tibetan Women’s Association and all of its regional branch offices.
At present TWA provides scholarships for many Tibetan primary school children to attend secondary school. TWA also provides increasing number of sponsorships for students to pursue higher tertiary studies. In addition, TWA’s Fellowship for Women for Specialized Studies encourages Tibetan women with the required financial impetus to excel in their advanced studies. TWA hopes that these activities will encourage more students, particularly girls, to realize their full academic potential.
At the regional level TWA actively promotes community education in many Tibetan settlements. This includes basic English and Tibetan language literacy, as well as issues such as health care and the environment. TWA also provide basic health training and awareness to Tibetan women.
As a community we believe it is very important to encourage institutions which support women who wish to devote themselves to spiritual practices. A total of ten nunneries have been established in exile, with TWA assisting with the management and coordination of three. These nunneries function as comprehensive learning and spiritual centers for the preservation of a unique religious and cultural tradition.
In 1987, TWA launched the Tibetan Nuns Project in conjunction with the Department of Religion and Culture. The Tibetan Nuns Project assists many newly arrived nuns with shelter, food and clothing as well as with providing environments conducive to learning. Today the Tibetan Nuns Project is a completely independent and self-sustaining program. The vision and energy of the Tibetan Nuns Project has grown to accommodate over 500 nuns in exile. The TWA continues its strong relationship with the Tibetan Nuns Project by serving as a governing member of the program..
- Twa Central Joint Secretary Mrs. Dolma Tsering la and Outstation Executive member Mrs. Tenzin Dolma la met with Tibetan Sweater Sellers at Lucknow.
- Twa Central Vice President Mrs.Kalsang Youdon LA and staff M.s Thupten Lhamo la met with the Tibetans at Tibetan Refugee Market, Shri Ganganagar, Rajasthan.
- TWA’s Joint Secretary Mrs. Dolma Tsering la and Out station Executive Member Mrs. Tenzin Dolma la was at Kanpur to visit the Tibetan Markets.
- TWA’s Joint Secretary Mrs. Dolma Tsering la along with Out- station Executive Member Mrs. Tenzin Dolma la has met with Tibetans At Allahabad Sweater Seller Association.
- TWA‘s Vice President Mrs.Kalsang Youdon la and staff Ms Thupten Lhamo met with Dr. Arvind Kumar ,The President of India Water foundation and informed him of the Current Situation of Tibet.
- TWA’s Joint Secretary Mrs. Dolma Tsering la along with Out- station Executive Member Mrs. Tenzin Dolma la visited the two Tibetan markets in Noida, Delhi.
- Tibetan Women’s Association’s Vice president Mrs. Kalsang Youdon la and staff Ms. Thupten Lhamo la visited Lal Quila, Delhi Tibetan Refugee Woolen Association.
- Tibetan Women’s Association executive members also got an opportunity to meet with Shri Indresh kumar, Chief Patron of Bharat Tibet Sahyog Manch, Shri Rajiv Mehrotra, Secretary of the Foundation for Universal Responsibility established with Nobel Peace Prize in Delhi
- Central Tibetan Women’s Association executive members attended the celebration of 29th anniversary of conferment of Noble peace prize on His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Delhi
- TWA’s Vice president Mrs. Kalsang Youdon la and Staff Ms. Thupten Lhamo la visited Gurugram Tibetan Refugee Sweater market and Chime yangsang Pemakod Tibetan Market Sweater Seller in Haryana.
- On 83rd Birth Anniversary of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
- Tibetan Women’s Association’s Vice President and Joint Secretary has attended the Leadership Development Training for Women Community Grassroots Workers
- Central Tibetan Women’s Association has successfully completed 10th Annual Buddhist Nun’s Empowerment Program
- The Executive members of TWA are pleased to visit Dr. Pema Yangchen La, the new cabinet minister of Department of Education
- Tibetan Women’s Association is happy to inform our members that this year we have witnessed the six nuns from different nunneries receiving the Geshema Degree from the minister of Department of Religion and Culture.