Our History

The Tibetan Women's Association (TWA) was originally founded on March 12, 1959, in Tibet. On this day - known as Women's Uprising Day - thousands of Tibetan women from all three provinces of Tibet gathered together in Lhasa to protest against the illegal occupation of Tibet by Communist China. Protesting peacefully outside the Potala Palace, hundreds of these women suffered brutally at the hands of the Chinese troops. They were arrested, imprisoned, tortured, and beaten without trial.

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Aim & Objectives

TWA’s headquarters and key staff are based in north India – find out about our team here. We also have regional chapters (RTWA) throughout India and across the globe – see our contact us page for a map of current locations.

Our dedicated staff and supporters strive daily to fulful the aims detailed below; whilst our mothers and sisters across the world remain the victims of gross injustice and inequality, we will continue to work ceaselessly. Please browse our website to find out more about what we do and how you can support us.

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Latest News!
Workshop On Civil Society Organizations

Workshop On Civil Society Organizations

On 9th November 2022,
A one-day workshop called “Good Governance of CSOs” was organized by the Tibetan Centre for Conflict Resolution (TCCR) in which Dr. Ravi Shankar conducted the entire workshop at the Hotel Wood Castle. The organizers invited Central TWA’s Accountant, Ms. Tenzing Woser along with other Major NGOs based in Dharamshala.

Australia Tibet Council Meeting

Australia Tibet Council Meeting

On 8th November 2022,
Members of the Australia Tibet Council visited the office of Central TWA for a tour and got well-acquainted through a brief introduction and understanding of the association's evolution, moreover the social status of Tibetans in exile was reported, and emphasized the ongoing China-Tibet issues. A significant contribution was offered by the Members in purchasing some of TWA’s published books proving their great input toward women's empowerment.

United Nations COP27 in 2022

United Nations COP27 in 2022

From 6th -18th November 2022,

Four Tibetan Women delegations from the Tibet Climate Crisis coalition participated in the COP27 in Egypt. The coalition is made of the following groups Tibet Policy Institute, International Tibet Network, Tibet Watch, Students For A Free Tibet, and Tibet Justice Center. We believe that Tibet's climate must be a major part of the global climate discussion.


Tibetan Legal Awareness

Tibetan Legal Awareness

On 2nd November 2022,
Central TWA General Secretary, Mrs. Kalsang Dolma along with other associations attended the Tibetan Legal Awareness Program.

The 12th Annual Nun's Empowerment Program

The 12th Annual Nun's Empowerment Program

From 1st- 7th November 2022

Following a two-year break on the annual Nun’s Empowerment Program funded by Science Meets Dharma as a result of COVID-19. This year, the Central Tibetan Women’s Association organized the 12th Annual Nun’s Empowerment Program at Khachoe Gakhyil Ling Nunnery, Nepal.


CLEAN-UP DRIVE

CLEAN-UP DRIVE

On 28th October 2022,

Central TWA actively participated in a clean-up drive around Lingkor organized by the Clean Upper Dharamsala Programme (CUDP) to preserve and nurture nature and its surroundings.


THE US SENATOR AND STAFF DIRECTOR CECC

THE US SENATOR AND STAFF DIRECTOR CECC

On 27th October 2022,
Maggie Dougherty (US Senate Staff)and Matt Squeri (Staff Director of Congressional-Executive Commission on China) were accompanied by Mrs. Tenchoe Gyatso (Vice-President of International Campaign for Tibet) at a meeting with 5 major NGOs of Dharamshala that took place at the office of Central Tibetan Youth Congress. Each representative briefly introduced their Association, elevating towards the aims and hardships of each NGO and Tibetans in exile, the China-Tibet conflict, and ended the meeting with Q&A.

DHARAMSHALA TOUR

DHARAMSHALA TOUR

From 24 - 27 October 2022,
The members of Central TWA Cordially welcomed and accompanied a group of 20 Japanese people on their four days tour in Dharamshala. The members set up a visit for the group to formally meet the Honorable Sikyong Penpa Tsering, and furthermore, they visited every tourist place in Mcleod Ganj; Tsuklakhang Temple, Upper Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV), Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), Tibet Museums, Men-Tsee-Khang, Gyuto Monastery, Norbulingka Institute, and Dharamshala Skyway. A special thanks to Tashi Delek Restaurant for arranging this tour.

ASIA & AUSTRALASIA REGIONAL MEETING

ASIA & AUSTRALASIA REGIONAL MEETING

From 21st - 23rd October 2022,
For 3 consecutive days, International Tibet Network organized the ‘Asia and Australasia Regional Meeting’ at Norbu House, Mcleodganj, Dharamshala. In the meeting, 22 International Support Groups for Tibet consisting of 30 people across Asia & Australasia, including Central TWA’s President actively reviewed China's repression towards Tibet and sought ways to highlight the conflicts in Tibet through our voice and social network.

HIGHER OFFICERS FORMAL MEETING

HIGHER OFFICERS FORMAL MEETING

On 20th October 2022,
A short qualitative meeting took place between our President and our Guest; Mr. Sandesh Mishra (ITCO), Mr. Soumyadeep Datta (Free Tibet- a Voice From Assam), Rajat Khatri, and Dr. L.P Sharma (President-Bharat Tibet Sahyog Manch Sikkim).


Youth Quake

Youth Quake

On 13th October 2022,
The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights & Democracy (TCHRD) formally invited 5 different NGOs based in Dharamshala, including the Central TWA’s General Secretary & Joint Secretary, at a meeting, to partake in the ‘Youth quake’ dialogue project intentionally directed toward cultivating a culture of democracy in the Tibetan exile community. Therefore, the Youth quake provides a platform for the youth to discuss the values, principles, behaviours, and practices that are indispensable to the development of a democratic culture.


The Refugee Group Meetup

The Refugee Group Meetup

On 5th October 2022,
The Refugee Group was given friendly welcome and developed a well-acquaintance with Central TWA through the description of TWA’s biography and the status of Tibetan women in this day and age. Moreover, we regard and appreciate them for their contribution in purchasing some of our notable books.


4th Tibet River Conference

4th Tibet River Conference

On 25th September 2022,
Central TWA's Environmental Officer was invited to attend the 4th Tibet Rivers Conference themed on Brahmaputra - Lifeline of North-East India at C.D Deshmukh Auditorium IIC, New Delhi engaging in the matters of Tibet's River and Asia's Lifeline. The event turned out great sharing knowledge and experience with the wide range of expertise serving the global environment.


  •  Dolkar Lhamo Kirti
    Dolkar Lhamo Kirti, Ex-TWA President
    All Tibetan women would, without exception, answer “yes” to the question “Today Tibet is free, do you want to go home?”