Tibetan Women’s Association Marks 32nd Re-founding Anniversary in Exile



On September 10, 2016 in Dharamsala, the Tibetan Women’s Association Central and Regional commemorated its 32nd year of re-founding in exile. TWA paid heartfelt tribute to Tibetan martyrs for their supreme sacrifices, which continue to keep the spirit of Tibet alive and hopeful even after 57 years of China’s brutal suppression.


Today we are honour to have Mrs. Rinchen Khando (The First President of TWA Dharamshala and The Director of Domaling Nuns Project), Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok (Deputy Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-exile), Mr. Ajay Mankotia Singh (President of Indo-Tibetan Friendship Association), Mr. Dawa Rinchen (Representative of Welfare Office), Ms. Yeshi Dolma (Member of Parliament) and Mrs. Karma Dolma (Co-ordinator of Indo-Tibetan Friendship Association) as a chief guests of the day. We are also pleased to have the Representative of non-government organizations, and the people of Dharamshala. In the beginning of the event, we commenced with a minute’s silence observed to mourn the Tibetan martyrs who have sacrificed their lives for Tibet.


“While we serve for our country, it should be the fondness and affection towards one’s country that should drive us rather than self-interest and personal fame. She also reminded the 1959 Women’s Uprising Day, and the historic reformation of Tibetan Women’s Association in exile” the founding President of TWA, Rinchen Khando said in her key address.


Ajay Mankotia Singh, President of Indo-Tibetan Friendship Association congratulated the organisation on its 32nd anniversary and said, “TWA must mainatain a good rapport with the numerous Indian women’s organisations across India.”


“As we celebrate 32nd anniversary of TWA, I applaud the organisation founded on the bedrock of the March 12, 1959 women’s uprising in Tibet and as envisioned by His holiness the Dalai Lama, “Achraya Yeshi Phuntsok said.


Condemning baseless and unfounded accusations surfacing on social media platforms, he added, “These are what China desires, we should in fact study the charters and law proposed and established by the CTA for proper sustenance of our administration.”


While TWA commemorates it’s 32nd re-founding anniversary, we strongly urged and appeal the world leaders and Tibet Support Groups all over the world to join hands together in support of issues related to Human Rights, and Tibet’s endangered environment.


Following are the appeals and the demands they made:


  1. We urge you to pressure on China to re-start the dialogue with the CTA in exile as per the Middle Way Approach proposed by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
  2. We urge United Nation’s Committee Enforced Disapperance to exert pressure on China to release His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama who has been in Chinese captivity for over 21 long years.
  3. TWA urge the United Nations and other world leaders to take immediate action to stop China from demolishing Tibet’s biggest Buddhist Institute ‘Larung Gar’at Serthar County, eastern Tibet. This has caused tremendous problem and self-immolation of its inmates.
  4. TWA demand the Chinese Government to release all the Tibetan political prisoners unconditionally.
  5. Lastly, an appel to the United Nations to take necessary actions to make Chinese Government to relent.


We concluded our celebration with the “Thank you” speech by Mrs. Tsering Yangkyi (President of RTWA Dharamshala), and a prayer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s long life and his message of Love, Peace and Compassion becomes the tool to bring peace to this troubled world.