Call on European Union to stand up for Tibet

 

01 Indian leaders urge Spanish Government to maintain judicial independence of Tibet lawsuit from political interference.

 

Delhi, December 26, 2013: As a result of the lobby campaign carried out today in the Indian Capital by 33 Tibetan women participants of the 4th  Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training (TWALT), an undertaking of Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA), leading Indian politicians and advocates of Supreme Court of India signed 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.02

 

Influential signatories from the lobby campaign 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), Shri James Sangma, Member of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, Chief Whip of Opposition and General Secretary of National People’s Party (NPP),  Shri Manoj K Jha, Senior Leader and Spokesperson of Rashtriya Janata Party (RJD), Shri Jaydev Ranade, security and intelligence expert and former Additional Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India, Shri Puran Mal Saini, Advocate, Supreme Court of India and Shri Ranbir Yadav, Advocate, Supreme Court of India.

 

 

The signature campaign started by International Tibet Network and Comité de Apoyo al Tíbet (CAT) is underway. It expresses deep concern over the Spanish government’s 04plan to limit the independence of Spain’s judiciary, in a move that could lead to a ground-breaking Tibet lawsuit, which implicates Chinese leaders, being shut down. The petition reminds Spain of its universal duty to prevent and punish the most egregious human rights violations in Tibet, as offenses against all humanity. It appeals the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to adhere to the democratic principles upon which Spain and the rest of the European Union is founded and stand fast in support of judicial independence from political interference.

 

 

03The Indian political figures, intellectuals and advocates joined the global call urging the European Union to Stand Up for Tibet and to stand with Spain in resisting China’s unacceptable pressure against an impartial criminal investigation, and to support the internationally recognized human rights standards that these Tibet lawsuits are investigating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4th Advanced Tibetan Women’s Leadership Training

Registrations open; email now!

4 Leadership Programme-2013

Tibetan Women’s Association is honoured to launch the fourth series of the Advanced Tibetan Women’s Leadership training. The training is scheduled from 25th – 31st December 2013 at Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi.
The registration will be open until 30th November 2013 – see below for full registration details. The selection committee will select the participants.

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, event management shows, panel discussion with women leaders and professionals (Tibetans and non-Tibetans).

*Registration closes on 30th November 2013. Full schedule available by December 10.

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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.

Registration fee: Please note that you will have to contribute Rs.250 as registration fee if you get selected. This will be fully refundable upon completion of the training.
If you have problems completing the registration form above contact General Secretary of Tibetan Women’s Association Nyima Lhamo via email – twaetadesk@gmail.com, or welcome to telephone with any queries – 01892 221527 or 09882502821 .

What to expect… More about last year’s 3rd Advanced Tibetan Women’s Leadership Training

The ten-day ‘3rd Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training’ (December 19 – 27) was held at the Gandhi Peace Foundation. We had 25 Tibetan women attend from many parts of India like Chennai, Dharamsala, Gujarat, Gangtok and Delhi from various backgrounds. There were graduate students, professional workers, political activists and teachers. This time the training course was divided more into outdoor and indoor training; the Christmas holidays happened to be the sole reason for the slight changes this time. The 3rd series saw professional trainers like Lynda O Lepcha – Director of Holistic Training Solution, New Delhi, Irene M Santiago – Chair and former Chief Executive Officer of the Mindanao Commission on Women and Convenor of the Mothers for Peace Movement in the Philippines and Tenzin Dhardon Sharling – member of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile and Co-Chair of the International Tibet Network, led the three phases of training – indentifying, understanding and building leadership skills.

Yet again, the 3rd series of the training, an undertaking of the TWA was generously funded by the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, through the Tibet Fund and the National Endowment for Democracy based in the United States. This intensive training encouraged hands-on experiences of leadership and included exposure trips to the Akshardam –a Hindu temple complex displaying millennia of traditional Hindu and Indian culture, spirituality, and architecture, event management, an ambush lobbying of the Indian leaders, opinion makers, participation in NDTV’s ‘The Big Fight’, panel discussion with women leaders and implementation of social empowerment projects in Delhi.

A conference addressed by veteran Indian women leaders: Dr. Kiran Bedi, India’s first and highest woman ranking officer and political activist, Jaya Jaitlley, former political leader and social activist, Dr. Alana Golmei, activist for Burmese human rights and Radha Bhatt alias Radha Bhen, leading activist and chairperson of Gandhi Peace Foundation, marked the concluding session of 10-days of Advanced Tibetan Women’s Leadership Training (ATWLT), organized by Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA).

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. Tsering Kyi, a young Tibetan university student in Delhi confessed that ‘this kind of leadership training is a huge investment by TWA for creating future women leaders.’

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 2012’s full ATWLT report here http://goo.gl/h7BGrU

 

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.

Quotes from participants:

“After attending this training I felt the importance of such trainings in our community where we can have more knowledge, exposure, excitement and experience. A fantastic training”.

“Great exposure through the out-bound training sessions like NDTV studio participation, project implementation and lobbying”.

I have really enjoyed the ten days. The opportunity to meet all those ladies, the great lessons of life which i have learned and the quality training which i have received have been the best gift for me. I believe in the coming new year we all would be a better person.  I would wish every Tibetan woman gets this opportunity in future.

 

 

TWA’s 3rd Advanced Tibetan Women’s Leadership Training successfully concluded

 A conference on ‘Women’s Leadership Roles in Asia’ marked the culmination of the 10-day training

 

A conference addressed by veteran Indian women leaders: Dr. Kiran Bedi, India’s first and highest woman ranking officer and political activist, Jaya Jaitlley, former political leader and social activist, Dr. Alana Golmei, activist for Burmese human rights and Radha Bhatt alias Radha Bhen, leading activist and chairperson of Gandhi Peace Foundation, marked the concluding session of 10-days of Advanced Tibetan Women’s Leadership Training (ATWLT), organized by Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA).

25 young participant of ATWLT from exile pockets in India: Sikkim, Chennai, Gujurat, Dharamsala, and Delhi were joined by guests and the press at Magnolia auditorium of India Habitat Center, New Delhi. The two-hour discussion dwelled on how and in what ways, over the past centuries women in Asia have been key figures in the promotion of non-violence; from homemakers to nation builders thus leading the path to progress and advancement.

Moderated by Dhardon Sharling, activist and member of Tibetan Parliament in Exile, the discussion established that women in Asia, particularly Tibetan women have persevered as agents of positive change in the 21st century.

Dr. Bedi stressed on how leadership is innate and is both personal and professional and that true leadership is ‘you are what you are from inside out.’ Dr. Bedi cited His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi as exemplary leaders who are  ‘leaders in performance and not in position.’

Jaya Jaitley, spoke about ‘3 symbols of leadership; the jail-prepares you for the sacrifice of freedom in pursuit of greater freedom’, the spade/shovel- representing individual action in cleaning the drain and the ballot box- making you deserving of a leader.’  Jaya lauded Tibetan Women for being archetypal leader and for walking the right path. “Women are instrumental in peacekeeping because they will not resort to violence as they have the strongest weapon—the strength of will.”

Radha Bhatt, said that leadership prowess is exhibited by the common people in villages in Asia and through their every day acts of defiance. Radha expounded that, leadership at grassroots level provide bedrock support to bigger foundations in the society.  Radha reiterated Gandhiji’s message of how individual action can bring about change in the society. “Be the change you want and expect to see in the society and that way Asia can become a harmonious region on the globe.”

Dr. Alana Golmei narrated her early experience of fleeing from conflict in Manipur and getting involved with the Burmese human rights struggle. “You cannot run away from a problem and you cannot expect another positional power or authority to solve your problem, but you should have the solution.” Dr. Alana expressed on the importance of networking and advocacy skills in the human rights struggle and said that Tibetan women ‘should reach out, expand and built a strong base to ensure the sustenance of the struggle and the movement.’

The 10-day ATWLT, the 3rd in the series is an undertaking of TWA. Between December 18 and December 27, professional trainers such as Lynda O Lepcha-Director of Holistic Training Solution, New Delhi, Irene M Santiago- Chair and former Chief Executive Officer of the Mindanao Commission on Women and Convener of the Mothers for Peace Movement in the Philippines and Dhardon Sharling- member of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile and Co-Chair of the International Tibet Network, led the three phases of training- identifying, understanding and building leadership skills.

Funded by the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, through the Tibet Fund based in the United States, and the National Endowment for Democracythe intensive training encouraged hands-on experiences of leadership and included exposure trip, event management, lobbying Indian leaders, debate with women leaders, participation in NDTV’s ‘The Big Fight’ and implementation of social empowerment projects in Delhi.

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. Tsering Kyi, a young Tibetan university student in Delhi confessed that ‘these kind of leadership training is a huge investment by TWA for creating future women leaders.’

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.

 

The Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) has 56 regional chapters and over 16,000 members outside Tibet. Today, TWA is the second largest Tibetan NGO and the only women’s NGO in exile that advocates human rights for Tibetan Women in Tibet and works to empower Tibetan women in exile, in particular new refugee women from Tibet. TWA’s tag-ling is ‘Advocacy for home, Action in exile.’

 

 

Please follow the link to view pictures of the 10-day event on Picasa web album:

https://picasaweb.google.com/108112047375640508337/3rdTibetanWomenSAdvancedLeadershipTraining2012

 

Press contact:

Tashi Dolma, President:             9459553953      

Nyima Lhamo, General Secretary:             9882502821      


TWA starts its 3rd Advanced Tibetan Women’s Leadership Training in New Delhi

Pre event Release:

3rd Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training

 

“The progress of a society or a country cannot be measured in terms of its GDP alone. It must be measured in terms of its human development index in which empowerment of women must become the most important yardstick of progress and development.” Shabana Azmi, Indian actress, former parliamentarian and activist made these comments at the launch of a new UN report which paints a devastating picture of the status of women in Afghanistan.

 

Tibetan Women’s Association is glad to be able to organize the third series of the Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership training in New Delhi, Gandhi Peace Foundation, from 18th to 27th December, 2012.

As envisioned by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and an eight point policy outlined by the Kashag (Cabinet) on 14th October, 2008 to empower Tibetan women’s equal participation in the successful establishment of non-violent and democratic Tibetan community, Tibetan Women’s Association is undertaking continuous project to strengthen our struggle and to establish true democratic society.

This leadership training is one of the myriad projects that TWA focus to boost self-esteem and raise self confident to gain more in-depth understanding on concepts for women’s empowerment. So far the training has proven its accomplishment; appreciations and comments that we received from the 1st and 2nd Advance Leadership Training’s speakers and participants were encouragements and acknowledgements of our work.

Moreover, this training has helped many young Tibetan women to shape their future and motivated them to equally partake in administrative and political work of our nation. This year around twenty five young Tibetan women from various part of the India participated in this training and there are graduate students, professionals and working women.

We have professional trainers who have years of experiences in the field to lead the session; Lynda O Lepcha, Irene M Santiago and Tenzin Dhardon Sharling. Lynda O Lepcha is the Director of Holistic Training Solution, New Delhi. Irene M Santiago is Chair and former Chief Executive Officer of the Mindanao Commission on Women and Convener of the Mothers for Peace Movement in the Philippines. In 2005, she was nominated as one of 1000 women for the Nobel Peace Prize. And Tenzin Dhardon Sharling is Member of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile and Co-Chair of the International Tibet Network.

The training will explore the different aspects of leadership; from identifying to building with practical implementation of the skills learned. The highlights included ample practical experiences; exposure trip, event management, lobbying Indian leaders, the panel discussion at India Habitat center with four prominent Indian and Tibetan leaders,  and active participation in the NDTV studio.

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

 

Press Contact:

Tashi Dolma: President

Nyima Lhamo: General Secretary and Women’s Empowerment and Development Desk Officer (+919910892651)

Tenzin Dekyi: Research and Media Desk (+918627094409)

 

 

ATWLT Group

TWA’s ‘2nd Advanced Leadership Training’ for Tibetan Women Successfully concluded

Symposium on ‘Women’s Leadership in the 21st Century’ marks the culmination of 10-day Women’s Leadership Training

TWA’s ‘2nd Advanced Leadership Training’ for Tibetan Women Successfully concluded

New Delhi, December 1, 2011: The Advanced Tibetan Women’s Leadership Training (ATWLT), the second in the series, an undertaking of Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) reached its pinnacle yesterday with the concluding ceremony in the form of a symposium held at the India International Center, Lodhi Road.

Four prominent and distinguished personalities were panelists: Dr. Kiran Bedi, Social Activist and (Retd) Indian Police Officer, Youdon Aukatsang, Senior Member of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile, Jaya Jaitly, Political Activist and former president of Samta Party, and Vinod Saighal, (Retd) Major General. Each panelist provided an earnest insight into the topic ‘Women’s Leadership in the 21st century, a Noble Achievement’ and each received questions from the audience of dignitaries, participants of the 2nd ATWLT and members of the media.

The symposium was moderated by Dhardon Sharling, member of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile and Research and Communications officer of TWA and lasted for 90 minutes.

Dr. Bedi expressed her deep admiration for the Tibetan people and said, “I respect the way you are carving your life and fighting for your own value system.” She stressed that while men boast of the ‘3 Ms – muscle, money and mobility’, women are bestowed with ‘3 Hs – head, heart and hand’. In response to a question on the dwindling Indian political support for the Tibetan cause, Dr. Bedi reiterated the crucial role of the Tibetans in India who are making outstanding contributions to their host country to show great appreciation and to gauge support of the Indian government and people. “You should all be Dalai Lamas in India and make India proud” said Dr. Bedi.

PanelistYoudon Aukatsang reflected on the status quo of women’s leadership in the Tibetan community in exile and lamented the traditional barriers that still play a deterring factor in enabling a balanced representation of men and women in the political arena. Youdon stressed the future imperatives of Tibetan leadership, which must be the presence of more women leaders. “It’s time for women to lead from the back and the front and thereby fit into all realms of the political arena”, said the young member of the Tibetan Parliament in exile.

Political activist Jaya Jaitly stressed that leadership is achieved only when one tackles a challenge and that women should brave and face challenges with a strong fervor, grit and commitment. Jaya advised that Tibetan women should embark on reaching out to the oppressed women of South Asia. “As women belonging to a group whose rights have been violated you should reach out to the suffering women; particularly the women in Nepal caught in human trafficking, women in Pakistan caught in the blasphemy laws, and women in Afghanistan who fear a conspiracy between the Taliban and the United States,” said Jaya.

Writer and Major General (Retd) Vinod Saghial said that the three 2011 Nobel peace laureates are women who fought a system and struggled to be recognized. He stated that this achievement will reshape and redefine women’s leadership in the 21st century and will usher in a new generation of leaders which will include Tibetan women who have struggled this far and yet maintained their modesty. Answering a question on the political clout surrounding India and Tibet, Vinod said, “albeit the Indian politicians have remained silent, but they are slowly but surely finding that the freedom of Tibet is in India’s interest.”

The event also witnessed the launching of three TWA publications: ‘Purging the Treasure House: Displacement and the Status of the Tibetan Nomad’ and the Tibetan and English version of ‘DOLMA magazine: the Intellectual Expression of and for Tibetan Women.’

The ten-day ‘Advanced Leadership Training’ (November 21 – 30) was held at the Tibetan Youth Hostel, Rohini. 28 Tibetan women attended from many parts of India and beyond – (Pokhra-Nepal, Tenzinghang –Arunachal Pradesh, Kalimpong, Chennai, Bangalore, Mandi, Dharamsala and Delhi) and from various backgrounds. There were graduate students, professional workers, settlement officers, journalists and political activists. The training course was divided into three phases – identifying, building and practicing leadership skills.

The first phase of the training led by TWA trainers and Vicki Robinson from Canada, gazed into personal effectiveness, time management, team building, visualization, goal setting, communication, media and digital empowerment. Delhi based professional trainer Lynda O Lepcha from Holistic Training Solutions, led the second phase on ‘Building Leadership Skills’.

The final phase of the training provided ample practical experiences – exposure trip, event management, lobbying Indian leaders and the panel discussion with women leaders (Indians and Tibetans). The highlights included: active participation in the NDTV studio debates such as ‘NDTV special ‘Is Tibet a lost cause,’ chaired by Barkha Dutt’ and ‘NDTV Left, Right and Center’ hosted by Nidhi Razdan. On November 28, a planned hour-long observing session at the Lok Sabha house of Indian Parliament to witness the ongoing winter session was cancelled after the unexpected adjournment of the House at 12 Noon. Nevertheless, the participants staged daylong ambush lobbying of the Indian leaders at the Parliament grounds which resulted in four Members of the Indian Parliament signing the ‘Stand up for Tibet’ pledge.

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.

The 21st century saw the dawn of proven leadership by women and this has been reiterated with the recent announcement of three women leaders as joint winners of the Nobel peace prize 2011 for ‘their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.’

ATWLT GroupThe participants stated enthusiastically that this leadership training provided a breakthrough for them and for Tibetan women to scale new heights of leadership, be active agents of change and make headway in breaking barriers for women. They have ascended from being ‘I’ to ‘we’ and to ‘us’ and significantly from raising women’s role in leadership from being ‘seen’ to also being ‘heard’. The crux of the ten-day training dwelled on the emerging reality that the 21st century indeed is a century of women’s proven leadership. “The TWA led training was a monumental success in transforming young women into potential leaders,” said Yeshi Choedon, an NGO worker based in Pokhra, Nepal.

TWA’s primary goal is to advocate for the rights of Tibetan women inside Tibet and to empower Tibetan women in exile. TWA’s ‘Empowerment Through Action Desk’ provides a central point of contact for resources for Tibetan women in exile, while effectively coordinating empowerment programs in culturally appropriate and gender sensitive ways. TWA imparts leadership and empowerment actions, which include the Advanced Tibetan Women’s Leadership Training, the Annual Young Tibetan Women’s Leadership Program, the All India Gender Sensitization Training, Combating Domestic Violence and the Annual Tibetan Nuns Leadership Training.

Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) is the second largest Tibetan Non Governmental Organization (NGO) based in exile in India and the only Women’s NGO in Tibetan history. We are today a 16,000-member organization with 56 chapters on four continents: Asia, North America, Europe and Australia. TWA’s slogan is ‘Advocacy for Home, Action in Exile.’

Press Contacts:
Dolkar Kirti Lhamo, President, TWA: 0-9882291202
Dhardon Sharling, Media & Communications, TWA: 0-9418791189
Nyima Lhamo, Program Coordinator, TWA: 0-9882502821