TWA launches the 6th Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training, 2015

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Tibetan Women’s Association is pleased to launch this year’s much anticipated ‘Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training’, the 6th in the series. We invite Tibetan women between the age group (21-40) to register for the training.

Registration will remain open from today until November 30,2015.

The training is scheduled to take place from December 20-27, 2015 at the Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi.

The eight-day training will explore the three different aspects of leadership- identifying, building and implementing leadership skills. The training encompasses both inbound and outbound programs and activities. Leading trainers such as Lynda Lepcha, executive director, Holistic Training Solutions, Paramita Das, critically acclaimed filmmaker and artist, and Dhardon Sharling, MP and PhD scholar will lead the training along with TWA’s core team.

Past trainees have affirmed that the experience was brilliant and that of a lifetime and that they benefited a great deal by being on the learning curve.

The training aims to empower young Tibetan women to hold the mantle of leadership, to continue with the legacy of women’s leadership and thereby secure a safe and a sound future for women across the globe. It also aims to strengthen the social foundations of the Tibetan political struggle.

Travelling and other expenses will be met by Tibetan Women’s Association on production of bills.Interested candidates are requested to register themselves immediately. Seats are limited to 30 only.

The training agenda will be made available soon.

This year’s training is funded by National Endowment for Democracy

You can view 2013’s full ATWLT report here

For further information please contact TWA’s General Secretary, Tsering Choezom at


TWA’s Advanced Women’s Leadership Program concludes today

2December 31st, 2014

New Delhi:


The weeklong leadership program titled ‘Advanced Tibetan Women’s Leadership Training’ (ATWLT), the 5th in the series, concluded today at the India Habitat Centre. A panel discussion titled ‘HeforShe-Role of Men in Empowering Women,’ marked the culmination of the training organized by Tibetan Women’s Association. 27 Tibetan women from across India converged in the Indian capital from December 25 to 31 for 7 days of ‘identifying, inculcating and implementing leadership skills.’


TWA had the honor of three esteem panelists on the final day panel discussion: Honorable Sheila Dikshit, former chief minister of India’s capital New Delhi; Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar, former minister and current Member of Parliament and Ms. Karuna Nundy, senior advocate of the Supreme Court of India. The panel discussion was attended by more than 50 people and it was moderated by Nyima Lhamo, the General Secretary of the TWA. The 2-hour discussion focused on keeping the momentum going and to ensure that men stay just as outraged at the inequalities faced by women and also to guarantee that the passion in men to empower women and their desire to create a fair and just society for both men and women.


1The honorable Sheila Dikshit, former Chief Minister of Delhi from 1998 to 2013, spoke on the tremendous contribution women make on a daily basis. She said, “75% of all work in the world are done by women”, but more often than not, women get taken for granted. She expressed concerns on how women don’t get the credit they deserve, and the respect men should give them. Mrs.Dikshit rejected the practice of referring to women as the weaker sex. It is just that women currently do not have the opportunity to realize their full potential. But it is also clear that in all the fields where women have exercised their abilities, they have proved themselves. So, with the right environment, where the He’s of the world create space and opportunities for the She’s of the world, there can definitely be a fair society for both men and women.


Advocate Karuna Nundy said it is time to lead now and stop the culture of complicity with the system of patriarchy. It is time to reject the system of thought that privileges men. In the current world, Ms. Nundy argued, “my rights and your rights are tied in together”. Its important to struggle for our rights, because rights are never handed to the oppressed on a platter. She said having a daughter is the biggest indicator of whether a man is a feminist. In the legal world, Ms. Nundy said, it’s now time to create systems of incentives and penalties to really make a sustaining difference in sensitizing police and judges to gender issues. She also said that patriachal system should be rejected completely brcause it not only oppresses women, but it also suppresses the compassionate and sensitive side of men.


Shri. Mani Shankar Aiyar reflected on how the He’s in positions of power and are dominating the society. So, unless the He’s created space for the She’s to exercise their power, women will never be able to take on leadership positions. He credited the 33% reservation for women in India for creating a platform that has allowed 13-15 lakh women to be elected to local offices. He said, more women hold elected offices in India than rest of the world put together. He said that with appropriate training and education, all women could be just as effective as men. He also argued that women tend to be less corrupt compared to men and they tend to focus more on social welfare issues


Three professional trainers: Mr. Benjamin David from Breakthrough India, New Delhi; Mr. Tarandeep Rekhi, a senior consultant from Holistic Training Solution and Ms. Tenzin Palkyi from National Endownment for Democracy led the training. The program covered areas such as action-centered leadership, team building and effective public speaking skills. The outbound training included field visit, covering stories in real-life settings as citizen journalists and lobbying Indian leaders.


As a part of the training, on December 26, the trainees staged a lobby campaign that was successful in getting Indian leaders, influential leaders include: Honorable Maneka Gandhi, Ministry of Women and Child Development.


“I learned to be more responsible and will try my best to implement the skills learned to better myself and the Tibetan community”. Tenzin Nyima, Service, Dharamsala


“Life is about moving out of comfort zones, and I learned alot of real life lessons. This training will be my take away of year 2014”. Tenzin Seldon, Student, Delhi University


“This training is a complete leadership package”. Tenzin Samten, Corporate Sector, Chennai.


“I got to live another student like life through this training. Its a great learning opportunity and I will always compare and compete with myself in life”. Tenzin Choedon, Teacher, Dharamsala


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.’


 Press Contacts:

Tashi Dolma, President, TWA: 9882417181

Nyima Lhamo, General Secretary and the training coordinator, TWA: 9882502821/ 9910892651


Attached are two selected photos from today’s panel discussion. The attachments are authentic and verifiable.



5th Advanced Tibetan Women’s Leadership Training

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Registrations open; email now!


Tibetan Women’s Association is honoured to launch the fifth series of the Advanced Tibetan Women’s Leadership Training. The training is scheduled from 25th – 31st December, 2014 at Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi.

The registration will be open until 30th November 2014. Please download the application form and email the filled form to our General Secretary, Nyima Lhamo at




What to expect:

The trainees confessed that the experience was akin to a roller-coaster ride and that they benefited a great deal by being on the learning curve.

The young women participants shared commitment and to take strident steps in their everyday lives to perfect their leadership skills and hold the mantle of female leadership, to continue with the legacy of women’s leadership and thereby secure a safe and a sound future women across the globe.

You can view 2013’s full ATWLT report here


We request you to share the information with women around who you think can benefit from this training program. SPREAD THE WORD PLEASE.


Accommodation and travel:

Tibetan Women’s Association pays for accommodations and transportation of the participants and guest speakers, as well as rental fees for the space. We also provide participants with the necessary learning tools such as study materials and stationery kit. This year’s leadership program is extremely important to continue the platform for empowerment and advancement of women.

This training will explore the different aspects of leadership; from identifying to building with practical implementation of the skills learned. There will be ample practical exercises, exposure trip, panel discussion with women leaders and professionals (Tibetans and non-Tibetans).


In-case you need clarification, please write email to or call at 01892 – 221527 / 09882502821.


The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, through the Tibet Fund based in the United States, supported this major venture of TWA with much-needed financial impetus. The National Endowment for Democracy also provided financial resources.






El Pais, a leading Spanish daily reports on the ‘December 26 Lobby campaign’ by the Tibetan Women’s Association

English Translation by CAT:
El País, 31st January 2014

Alejandra Agudo

International pressure against the reform to universal jurisdiction in Spain

The Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) obtains the support of Indian
politicians and lawyers in urging the Spanish Government to stop the
reform that would prevent crimes against their country being judged.

TIbetan women with Ms. Meenakshee Lakhi
TIbetan women with Ms. Meenakshee Lakhi

The Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) has launched a campaign to put
pressure on the Spanish Government to “maintain judicial independence”
and not to reform the Organic Law of Judicial Power (LOPJ) that, with
its proposed wording, would limit the principle of universal justice,
and in doing so, result in closing a dozen lawsuits, including the
case under investigation in the Audiencia Nacional against senior
Chinese Communist Party officials for genocide in Tibet.

The campaign by this NGO – which with 16,000 members is the second
most important pro-Tibetan support group – has borne fruit, and a
dozen Indian politicians and judicial representatives have signed this
association’s letter of appeal. Signatories include Shri Bhakta Charan
Das, M.P. for India’s majority Congress Party, Smt Meenakshi Lakhi,
lawyer, politician and spokesperson for the Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP), Shri Dig Vijay Singh, secretary general of the All India
Congress Committee (AICC), and Shri Puran Mal Saini and Shri Ranbir
Yadav, members of India’s Supreme Court.

With Mr. Dig Vijay Singh
With Mr. Dig Vijay Singh

The letter they have sent to Mariano Rajoy and the “leaders of
European Union member states” reminds Spain of her “universal duty to
prevent and punish the most egregious human rights violations in
Tibet, as offences against all humanity”, and urges the Spanish
president to “resist China’s unacceptable pressure”.

“Spain was the last hope because it is the only country investigating
the crimes in Tibet”, declared Alan Cantos, director of the Comité de
Apoyo al Tíbet (CAT). “But it is not just about Tibet; there is
serious concern about a domino effect, and that other countries might
also begin to restrict universal justice,” he added, “and the only way
the victims have of obtaining justice is in the national courts,
because the International Criminal Court (ICC) cannot investigate
crimes in countries that have not signed the Treaty of Rome, nor
crimes committed prior to its foundation in 2002.”

The CAT has also begun its own international campaign for the Spanish
Government to change its plans. They are collecting signatures (at
present they have about 3,000) that they wish to present to the
European Parliament at a meeting they will have shortly with members
of that Parliament. “We want to warn how China is virtually
controlling both the internal and foreign policies of countries within
the European Union”, he explains.

Cantos has also announced that his organisation “will take all
judicial means” to stop the reform to universal jurisdiction “before,
during and after its approval”. He confirmed that in the case of the
reform ultimately going ahead, they would take the matter to the
Constitutional Court. The director of the CAT hopes that the case
under investigation will continue and, if possible, faster than
before. He has asked Ismael Moreno, the judge in charge of the case,
to issue the order for the accused to declare. But while the
Government is moving like lightning to close the case for genocide in
Tibet – the reform could come into effect in as little as two months’
time – the court is proceeding at a snail’s pace.

link to the original story in Spanish:

TWA’s Advanced Women’s Leadership Program concludes

Harness women power to human power, says Indian leader Mani Shankar Aiyar

1December 31, New Delhi: The week-long leadership program titled ‘Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training’ (TWALT), the 4th in the series, concluded today at the India Habitat Center. A panel discussion titled ‘Role of Women in Peace-building, Reconciliation and ensuring Accountability,’ marked the culmination of the training organized by Tibetan Women’s Association. 38 Tibetan women from across India converged in the Indian capital from December 25 to 31 for 7 days of ‘identifying, inculcating and implementing leadership skills.’2

Three key speakers: Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar, former minister and current member of Parliament, Dr. Alana Golmei, activist and founder of Burma Centre in Delhi and Ms. Souzeina Mushtaq, journalist and writer from Kashmir, spoke at the momentous gathering of 50 people. Moderated by Dhardon Sharling, the 2-hour discussion established a substantive dialogue to identify the impediments and opportunities for women, to consider lessons learned and build on best practices and ways forward for bolstering women’s role in securing peace, reconciliation and accountability, across the globe particularly in Tibet, Burma, India and Syria.

Three professional trainers: Lynda O Lepcha (Director of Holistic Training Solutions), Dhardon Sharling (Member of Tibetan Parliament in Exile and Co-Chair, International Tibet Network) and Jaya Iyer (professional leadership trainer through the arts), led the training. The program covered areas such as critical thinking, personal effectiveness, communications strategy, social media and leadership, leading self and others, leadership strategy and execution. The outbound training included field visit, covering stories in real-life settings, lobbying Indian leaders, participation in NDTV debate and an exclusive panel discussion with famed Indian speakers.

As a part of the training, on December 26, the trainees staged a lobby campaign that was successful in getting Indian leaders and advocates of India’s Supreme Court to sign the petition urging the Spanish Government and the European Union to stand up for Tibet and to maintain judicial independence of Tibet lawsuit from political interference. Influential signatories include: Shri Bhakta Charan Das, Lok Sabha Member of Parliament representing Congress party, Shri Inder Singh Nomdhan, an independent Lok Sabha Member of Parliament, Smt Meenakshi Lakhi, Politician, Lawyer and National Spokesperson for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shri Dig Vijay Singh, former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and General Secretary of All India Congress Committee (AICC).

On December 30, the trainees undertook an outdoor project titled ‘Rebuilding Lives,’ wherein they visited three relief camps in Uttar Pradesh. Besides engaging in relief work catering to women and children victims of the recent riots in Muzaffarnagar, the trainees filed a photo-story narrating the pressing social issues facing the inhabitants of the relief camps.

“I think this is one program every Tibetan woman should be a part of, once in her lifetime. It gave me a life-changing experience,” said Tenzin Lhadon, M.Phil student in JNU, Delhi.

“TWA’s leadership program is intense and challenging as it sets out to mold us, young women as future leaders,”- said Nyima Choezom, executive member of TYC Centrex.

“This year we focused more on strategies including strategic communications and leadership strategy and execution,” said Nyima Lhamo, General Secretary of TWA.

“The training designed to empower Tibetan women on the leadership front focuses on bolstering female representation in the political and social arena of the exile Diaspora,” said Ms. Tashi Dolma, President of TWA.