This one-year project (April 2013 to March 2014) is a direct outreach program and essentially an educational and empowerment campaign on Human Rights and Women’s legal rights. The program aims to encourage women to pursue justice rather than wait for its appearance, inform them about its means and procedures, and it also emphasizes the strength of sisterhood and women power to overcome the atrocities against women.
The project is divided into 5 phases which will be jointly administered by a Legal Empowerment of Tibetan Women Action Team (LETWA) headed by the Project Coordinator at Central TWA.
Phase one is a Ground Research, Survey cum legal empowerment training program, phase two is the quantitative analysis of the survey results and post-training report. Phase three is a ‘two-day conference’ attended by legal experts, women activists, local leaders and media to discuss the survey results, gender status of women in exile India and significantly to devise social programs and legal measures to combat the discrimination and violence women face in exile India, while seeking to create a gender equal community. Phase 4 is the production of an academic report based on the quantitative and qualitative analysis of the survey, training reports and significantly the recommendations on social and legal measures and the production of an action-plan adopted during the conference. Phase five will prepare for the implementation of these programs within the next one year.
Through intensive education awareness campaigning, we intend to close the gaps and inform communities on human rights, women’s rights, legal rights and the significance of gender empowerment. The project aims to match the significance and vigour underlying the Tibetan democracy and human rights with the recipients – the exiled Tibetan population – and thereby achieve a gender equal and healthy environment for the exile Tibetan community where women are protected against any form of discrimination, risks and violence.
The project started from Sonamling and Changthang Tibetan settlements in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir and continue from there to all Tibetan settlements in India.
Till date the LETWA team has covered 14 regions from all the zones and we aspire to finish the first section of the Phase-1 by the mid October. The training had received an overwhelmingly encouraging feedback and support from the participants across those regions and it was also able to gain some noteworthy Tibetan media coverage. The involvement of a large section of young participants had been especially promising. The team want to thank the ladies who had been bold and honest enough to share their valuable stories with a worthy motivation of supporting the project.