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TWA to hold Women’s Leadership in the 21st Century panel discussion

A Symposium: ‘Women’s Leadership in the 21st century, a noble achievement’

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Delhi, November 28: On the momentus occasion of South Asian Women’s Day, and as a culmination of the concluding session of the 2nd Advanced Tibetan Women’s Leadership Training, the Tibetan Women’s Association is organizing a 90 minute audience based discussion on the topic ‘Women’s Leadership in the 21st century, a Noble Achievement.’ This will take place on the final day of TWA’s Second Advanced Tibetan Women’s Leadership Training. Please view our website following the event for the report and pictures.

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 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.’

Four prominent and distinguished personalities; Dr. Kiran Bedi, Social Activist and (Retd) Indian Police Officer, Youdon Aukatsang, Senior Member of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile, Jaya Jaitly, Activist and former Political leader, and Vinod Saighal, (Retd) Major General, will discuss ‘Women’s Leadership in the 21st century, a Noble Achievement’ and receive questions from the audience consisting of dignitaries, young Tibetan women leaders, professionals and members of the media.

The 90-minute discussion will be moderated by Dhardon Sharling, member of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile and Research and Communications officer of Tibetan Women’s Association

Time: 11:30 – 13:00
Day and Date: Wednesday, 30th November 2011
Venue: Seminar Hall Number 1, India International Center, Lodhi Road, New Delhi

Program Schedule 11:30 to 13:00

11.25: Speakers, guests, media and selected audience arrive at Seminar Hall number one, India International Center, Lodhi Road.

11:30: Moderator of the discussion invites the panelists on the dice

11:35: Dolkar Lhamo Kirti, President of Tibetan Women’s Association, gives the welcome message

11:40: Panelists will speak for 10 minute each

11:40 to 11:50 ; Dr. Kiran Bedi, Social Activist and (Retd) Indian Police Officer

11:50 to 12:00; Youdon Aukatsang, Member, Tibetan Parliament in Exile

12:00 to 12:10: Jaya Jaitly, Activist and former Political leader

12:10 to 12:20: Vinod Saighal, (Retd) Major General

12:20: Moderator will leave the floor open for a 30-minute Question and Answer session

12: 20 – 12:50: Audience will pose questions (pertaining to the assigned topic) to the panelists

12:50-12:55: Moderator will give the concluding note

12:55 – 13:00: Samten Choedon, Vice president of Tibetan Women’s Association will deliver the ‘thank you note’ while President, TWA will offer scarf and gifts to the panelists.

13:00 pm to 14:00 pm : Lunch at India International Center.
Our esteemed panelists are requested to join us for lunch at the Pre-meeting hall, which will be followed by a photo session.

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 16,000 member organization with 56 chapters in four continents; Asia, US. Europe and Australia. TWA’s slogan is ‘Advocacy for Home, Action in Exile.’

ATWLT 2010

2nd Advanced Tibetan Women’s Leadership Training

Registration now open; please complete the form at the bottom of this page!

ATWLT 2010Tibetan Women’s Association is honoured to launch the second series of the Advanced Tibetan Women’s Leadership training. The training is scheduled from 21st – 30th November 2011 at the Tibetan Youth Hostel New Delhi. A tentative schedule is available in PDF format here.

The registration will be open until 10th November 2011 – see below for full registration details. The selection committee will select the participants.

This training will explore the different aspects of leadership; divided into three phases as identifying, building and practical implementation of the skills learned. The first phase of the training will gaze into personal effectiveness, time management, team building, visualization, goal setting, communication, media and digital empowerment. The second phase will see a professional trainer lead three days on ‘Building Leadership Skills’. The final phase of the training will have ample practical exercises, exposure trip, event management shows, panel discussion with women leaders (Indians and Tibetans).

Sneak preview to the success story of the first ATWLT:

The first ATWLT was held from 7th – 17th June 2010 at the House of Peace and Dialogue, Upper TCV School. Thirty professional and high potential Tibetan women leaders from all over India participated in this 11-day training, which is the first of its kind. It proved to be a niche platform and a creative forum for potential women leaders to identity and hone their leadership skills. The 11-day training was divided into three phases; professional and experienced resource speakers from the exile Tibetan Community officiated or led the first phase of the training on ‘Understanding Leadership’. Lynda O Lepcha, the director and master trainer of Holistic Training Solutions (New Delhi) led the second phase of the training on ‘Building Leadership Skills’. The TWA trainers along with Michelle Pomeroy, a young trainer from the United States who served as a training coordinator, spearheaded the final phase of the training on ‘Practicing Leadership’. Gaea Logan, professional psychotherapist, a professor and author based in the United States actuated the evening sessions on ‘Women and Personal Dialogue.’ The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation through the Tibet Fund (based in USA) supported this maiden venture of TWA with the much needed financial impetus, along with financial resources from the Open Meadows Foundation. You can view 2010’s full ATWLT report here and see some photos below or all on Flickr.

The past TWA ten-day leadership trainings have proven extremely successful in fostering leadership skills among Tibetan women and Tibetan nuns to encourage women to become effective leaders within their own lives and within the community.

Ms. Tenzin Tseyang indicated she found the training to provide resources that are beneficial for implementation in her office. She mentioned that the techniques taught in the training inspired her to realize that often problems in work occur due to lack of knowledge or training in areas of time management and other useful techniques.

“I learned how different people can be but there are different ways in dealing with persons of differing natures. Got plenty of feed forward to empower myself.”

“It was fun, educative, motivating, challenging and effective.”

“Communication skill is must for a leader. Very informative, could relate so well with the activities, and a complete new exposure especially the exercise on press conference, loved it.”

Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training; Advancing high level women leadership and promoting women representation in the Tibetan community, 2010

Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training; Advancing high level women leadership and promoting women representation in the Tibetan community, 2010

Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training; Advancing high level women leadership and promoting women representation in the Tibetan community, 2010

Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training; Advancing high level women leadership and promoting women representation in the Tibetan community, 2010

Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training; Advancing high level women leadership and promoting women representation in the Tibetan community, 2010

Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training; Advancing high level women leadership and promoting women representation in the Tibetan community, 2010

Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training; Advancing high level women leadership and promoting women representation in the Tibetan community, 2010

Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training; Advancing high level women leadership and promoting women representation in the Tibetan community, 2010

Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training; Advancing high level women leadership and promoting women representation in the Tibetan community, 2010

Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training; Advancing high level women leadership and promoting women representation in the Tibetan community, 2010

Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training; Advancing high level women leadership and promoting women representation in the Tibetan community, 2010

Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training; Advancing high level women leadership and promoting women representation in the Tibetan community, 2010

Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training; Advancing high level women leadership and promoting women representation in the Tibetan community, 2010

Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training; Advancing high level women leadership and promoting women representation in the Tibetan community, 2010

Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training; Advancing high level women leadership and promoting women representation in the Tibetan community, 2010

Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training; Advancing high level women leadership and promoting women representation in the Tibetan community, 2010

Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training; Advancing high level women leadership and promoting women representation in the Tibetan community, 2010

Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training; Advancing high level women leadership and promoting women representation in the Tibetan community, 2010

Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training; Advancing high level women leadership and promoting women representation in the Tibetan community, 2010

Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training; Advancing high level women leadership and promoting women representation in the Tibetan community, 2010

*Registration closes on 10th November 2011. Full schedule available by November 10.

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, papers, notebooks, folders and pencils. This year’s leadership program is extremely important to continue the platform for empowerment and advancement of women. A tentative schedule is available in PDF format here.

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 below please send the same information to Program Coordinator of the Empowerment through Action Desk Nyima Lhamo via email – twaetadesk@gmail.com, or feel welcome to telephone with any queries – 01892 221704 or 09882502821.

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TWA’s Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training 2010, report

Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training (TWALT); Advancing high level women leadership and promoting women representation in the Tibetan community

7th – 17th June 2010: House of Peace and Dialogue, Upper TCV School.

June 2010 ATWLTThe Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training organized by the Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) kick started with a opening ceremony held at the House of Peace and Dialogue, Upper TCV School and was attended by dignitaries from the exile Tibetan Community.

Statistics say the Central Tibetan Administration is comprised of a 46% female and 54% male workforce, but this does not demonstrate the true situation. There is a shocking discrepancy of a low 3% of women at top level positions, in stark contrast to the 97% of males at high level positions. The same picture also fits in many other frames of Tibetan exile Diaspora.

The Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training (June 7 to June 17), an undertaking of the Tibetan Women’s Association, seeks to not only address this issue, but to tackle it by enabling women’s representation in the higher realms of representation and ranks of governance. Thirty professional and high potential Tibetan women leaders from all over India participated in this 11-day training, which is the first of its kind. Additionally, this training accentuated the implementation of the Kashag’s eight point policy on women’s empowerment launched in October 2010. It also provided a niche platform and a creative forum for potential women leaders to identity and hone their leadership skills.

The Chief guest for the afternoon’s ceremony, Mrs. Rinchen Khando, former minister of the Tibetan Government in exile and the founding president of the TWA applauded this daring initiative of TWA and said that “women, rather than waiting for equal opportunity to befall them, should prove their mettle and if anyone dares to interrupt, then the women should assert their equal rights.” Mrs. Gyari Dolma, the deputy speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in exile, said that “compared to the other societies, Tibetan women have had equal footing and they are well positioned, but it is also increasingly important to identity and address the gaps and the loopholes and then empower women who constitute a very important proportion of the Tibetan community.” Mr. Tsewang Yeshi, the President of Tibetan Children’s Village Schools, lamented that “intentionally or unintentionally, there is discrimination against the Tibetan women and hence it is essential to sensitize and educate the larger community and take collective efforts to empower women for the benefit of the society.”

The guests also launched the 21st anniversary special edition of ‘DOLMA’ magazine, TWA’s annual literary magazine in both Tibetan and English, which stands for the intellectual expression of and for Tibetan women.

The 11-day training was divided into three phases; professional and experienced resource speakers from the exile Tibetan Community officiated the first phase of the training on ‘Understanding Leadership’. Lynda O Lepcha, the director and master trainer of Holistic Training Solutions (New Delhi) lead the second phase of the training on ‘Building Leadership Skills’. TWA trainer Dhardon Sharling along with Michelle Pomeroy, a young trainer from the United States who has served as a training coordinator, spearheaded the final phase of the training on ‘Practicing Leadership’. Gaea Logan, professional psychotherapist, a professor and author based in the United States actuated the evening sessions on ‘Women and Personal Dialogue.’

An insight into the 11-day training;

Day 1 – June; Orientation, Motivation and Goal Setting

An introduction and orientation round followed the opening function. Dr. Kunchok Tsundue, Secretary of the Planning Commission, CTA spoke to the participants about the general overview of Women’s Representation in the CTA and the significance and relevance of this training.

Michelle Pomeroy led the first session on motivation and goal setting. Many of the participants could relate well to these concepts as we tend to have many goals in our lives but fail to work towards achieving them.

Gaea Logan, professional led the evening session on “Aspiration, Intention and Vow: the process of leadership development.” The exercises inspired us to utilize others’ strengths as sources of aspiration.

Trainee feedback: “It pushed me to set my goals not only the long term goals, but small goals I could achieve in a month’s time. I had been procrastinating for a long time, will try to avoid it.”

Day 2 – June 8; Experienced Women Panel Discussion, Media and Advocacy Training

Two powerful panel discussions were held. The first panel comprised of Mrs. Tashi Dolma, Department of Education, CTA, Mrs. Tsering Yangkey, Director of TESI Team and Kirti Dolkar Lhamo la, Member of TPIE and President of TWA. The second panel discussion encompassed four female Settlement Officers; Tsering Lhamo (Bir), Karma Dolma (Poanta Sahib), Tenzin Kunsang (Shimla) and Yeshi Choedon (Sataun). It was encouraging to know how these women struggled through their lives to overcome challenges and attain great success.

Tenzin Tsundue, an activist and writer, led the second session on Media and Advocacy that stressed on the significance of media as the 4th pillar in a democratic set up. The day ended with Gaea Logan’s session on “Aspiration: Be the change.”

Trainee feedback: “Very effective, needs more of these for Tibetan youths to get empowered; we need more time on this session.”

Day 3- June 9 Women’s Empowerment and Conflict Resolution

The days’ session on “Women’s Empowerment” lead by Tenzin Tseyang, Coordinator of WED, drew everyone’s attention to the ‘culture of silence’ that is prominent among Tibetan women. It was educative and identifiable when Tseyang shared anecdotes relating to her experiences in training grass root people at the Tibetan settlements.

The afternoon session was led by Mr. Karma Lekshey (Director) and Miss. Tencho Choemphel (Information Officer) of the Tibetan Centre for Conflict Resolution. The training taught presented many new approaches to conflict which were very practical and applicable.

The evening session by Gaea Logan on “Intention: Dancing with Mara” had the participants enact the roles of aspirations, support systems and ‘Mara’(negative thoughts in a person) was enjoyable and from this exercise we learned that as much strengths as we have, we also have weaknesses in us and therefore, it is important to focus on personal strengths in working towards your goals.

Trainee feedback: “Absolutely enriching experience learned a lot of new ideas to empower the society at large. Inspiring to see a young trainer trying to educate on such an important issue.”

Day 4- June 10 Effective Communication Skills and Time Management

The morning session on communication skills led by Dhardon Sharling was very clear and precise with plenty of exercises and activities. The session was very effective and it was elating to see active participation from all. Good communication skills are the basic requisite of a good leader, and this session helped us realize the need to learn and grow as better communicators.

Michelle Pomeroy led the afternoon session on time management and personal effectiveness. The techniques on time management were simple and easy to implement, such as the ‘SMART’ goals and the need for a ‘time log’ to track one’s efforts and time spent working towards your goals. The day concluded with the participants attending to the invitation to take part in an on-air discussion at the radio station ‘Voice of Tibet’ on the topic; ‘Women’s Empowerment’.

Trainee feedback: “The skill is must for a leader. Very informative, could relate so well with the activities, and a complete new exposure especially the exercise on press conference, loved it.”

Day 5- June 11 Males speak; Where and Why Women go Wrong

On this day, five male Secretaries from Central Tibetan Administration shared their experiences with our participants and also brought in a male perspective to women leadership and focused their discussion on the positive and negative attributes of women in their work sphere. The purpose of the session was to hear from males of high-level positions the major hindrances in women advancing their career. The discussion ended constructively as the Secretaries gave constructive suggestions to tackle these challenges.

The participants then reflected on the crux of the message from the morning’s discussions, and worked in groups to brainstorm and devise remedies to the problems, flaws and loopholes expounded by the Secretaries. The groups prepared a power point presentation on the proposed solutions to meeting the challenges.

The networking dinner was the highlight of the day and gave participants the opportunity to dine and have conversation with the male Secretaries and strengthen the networking circle.

Trainee feedback: “Thank you TWA for inviting the male Secretaries and listening to their experiences changed my viewpoint towards them. Networking dinner was a great idea.”

Day 6- June 12; Transactional and Transformational leaders

This day commenced the second phase;’ Building Leadership Skills’ led by Lynda O Lepcha. Lynda demonstrated effective communication with the use of an inspirational story to get one’s message across in a simple and direct manner. The morning session examined the differences between transactional and transformational leaders.

It was interesting to see the participants involved as Lynda began with the concept of ‘DISC Profile’. The DISC report measures four dimensions of normal behavior: 1) Dominance: how you respond to problems and challenges 2) Influence: How you influence others to your point of view 3) Steadiness: how you respond to the pace of the environment 4) Compliance: How you respond to rules and procedures set by others. The participants related the concept. The focus then shifted to ‘Leadership Challenge’.

In the evening, Ven. Ngawang Woebar, President of Gu Chu Sum Movement for Tibet presented on the topic ‘Political Prisoners in Tibet.

Trainee feedback: “Enjoyed the session thoroughly, learned lots of new games which I shall share with my colleagues. Her presentations and video clips were so great.”

Day 7- June 13; Strengthening Beliefs and Values of a Leader

The day’s theme was ‘The Five Practices’. In leadership it is sometimes important to challenge the process by experimenting, taking risks and asking ourselves what we can learn when things do not work as planned. It was important to learn that transactional trust is reciprocal and it is created incrementally, step by step.

The session on ‘Beliefs and Values’ were effective as the participants were given value cards and asked to rank their personal values on a sheet of paper and then were made to agree on the three highest and lowest values in a group. The most interesting thing of the day was when Lynda brought in the concept of ‘Feed Forward’ instead of feedback. The objective of the activity was based on the importance of encouraging the heart.

Lynda then spoke about the importance of ‘Visualization’ and related activities helped illustrate changes and commitments that participants need to build on. The day ended with a whole lot of commitments.

Trainee feedback: “I learned how different people can be but there are different ways in dealing with persons of differing natures. Got plenty of feed forward to empower myself.”

Day 8- June 14; Leadership Skills in Influencing Others

The day’s theme was “Influencing Others to Get Things Done.” It was informative to learn the different influencing styles including: logical persuasion, asserting, common vision, participation and trust. Each participant was given a handout to see how influential she is and in which of the four styles she fits into.

The ‘Thomas Kilmann Model’ in managing conflict was attractive. It became very clear that avoiding conflict is never the solution. The participants were then given ‘post it pads’ and asked to write down one thing they want to start, continue and stop doing as a leader. Then we examined the ‘Grip model,” which addresses team effectiveness. This exercise on making a balloon sofa tested whether the team had a common goal, trust, a shared vision and objective.

Gaea Logan completed her final evening session on “Vow: Visioning the Future, Redefining the Present.” The envisioning of a different future helped us to redefine our present actions, perceptions, attitudes and behaviors.

Trainee feedback: “It was fun, educative, motivating, challenging and effective.”

Day 9- June 15; Evaluating Communication and Team building skills

With this day we entered the third and final phase; ‘Practicing Leadership’. We had the group divided and assigned topics. This daylong exercise was to evaluate the leadership skills that the women gained over the past eight days. The participants were divided into 6 groups and each group represented 6 departments of the CTA namely; Home, Health, Education, Finance, DIIR and Culture and Religion. The groups expounded on practical implementation of Kashag’s Eight Point Policy on Women’s empowerment. The whole dialogue process was filmed for further evaluation.

Later in the afternoon, Victoria Camp led a session on Public Speaking that proved very effective. Following the long and intensive week-long training, the participants enjoyed a ‘walk in paradise’ up to Naddi hills to refresh, relax and unwind.

Trainee feedback: “It was very practical, feels great to see myself in the video and evaluate myself.”

Day 10- June 16; Project Proposal and Implementation

The six groups were made to draft a project proposal for Rs.1000/-to be implemented on the same day. Dr. Kunchok Tsundue la guided the groups through the process. Each group presented their project and Dr. Kunchok gave ‘feed forward’ after each presentation. Following lunch, all teams dispersed in and around Dharamsala to implement their projects. TWA’s co-trainers followed each team and filmed the groups implementing their projects. After dinner, everyone gathered to share their experiences and reflect on the successful implementation of their projects. The day long practical evaluation clearly proved that we are all capable and the day ended with a great sense of accomplishment.

Trainee feedback: “I am happy our team won the extra cash prize and could help one more home at TCV with first aid box.”

Day 11- June 17; Final Grand Evaluation at Upper TCV School

The same six groups nominated their best speakers who sit on the panel discussion that presented the action plan for the implementation of the Kashag’s Eight Point Policy to the senior school students of Tibetan Children’s Village. The discussion was effective and constructive. The inflow of questions from students was appreciated and it was nice to hear some of the male students speak about women’s empowerment. Mrs. Sonam Dolkar, the Education Director of Tibetan Children’s Village, addressed the gathering thanking TWA for the wonderful initiative of holding such trainings. All the participants and trainers shared their experiences during the final closure led by TWA’s program coordinator Nyima Lhamo and gave positive ‘feed forward’ for future TWA trainings. This was followed by a written feedback evaluation.

The closing ceremony had Mrs. Gyari Dolma, Deputy Speaker of the TPIE give away the certificates and in her deliberation lauded the efforts of TWA and stressed on the importance and need of such trainings and encouraged TWA to organize similar trainings at the grass root levels across Tibetan settlements.

Trainee feedback: “This training required a lot of time, commitment and challenges over the year, we are happy that this training ended on a positive note.”

Conclusion

TWA is confident that the heights of leadership skills that these women attained from this training will help them to climb ladders of success. TWA proudly looks at these women as ‘Empowered Women for an Empowered Nation.’ Both the trainers and trainees jointly agree that this training was a huge success and we remain thankful to The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation (USA) for supporting this maiden venture of TWA with the much needed financial impetus along with financial resources from the Open Meadows Foundation.

“By the end of this training, we aspire to see women who are not only empowered, but also capable, prepared and willing to take up challenging roles in the decision making arena,” said Kirti Dolkar Lhamo, the president of TWA.

TWA’s primary goal is to advocate the rights of the Tibetan women inside Tibet and to empower the women in exile. This training fits in the paradigm of TWA’s ‘leadership and empowerment actions’ that also includes the ‘Annual Young Tibetan Women’s Leadership Program,’ ‘All India Gender Sensitization Training’ and the ‘Annual Tibetan Nuns Leadership Training’.

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TWA embarks on an Advanced Tibetan Women’s Leadership Training, 2010

The time is now ripe for She-roes and States-Women

Tibetan Womens Association logoAlbeit statistics say that the workforce in CTA accounts to 46%-female and 54%- male. But is also reveals a shocking discrepancy of only 3% of ‘Women on top level’ in stark contrast to the 97% male. The same picture fits in other frames of tibetan exile Diaspora as well. TWA is now hands-on preparing for the first ever ‘Advanced Tibetan Women’s Leadership Training’ (June 2010) targeting the potential women leaders to enable their representation in the higher realms of representation and ranks of governance . The training also seeks to accentuate the Kashag’s eight point policy towards achieving women’s empowerment and to essentially provide a forum for women leaders to take the leap forward.

The ‘Advanced Tibetan Women’s Leadership Training’ is scheduled to be held from in the second week of June this year at the House of Peace and Dialogue, Upper TCV School, Dharamsala.

In a statement released by the cabinet of CTA on September 2, 2008, it stated that, “In order to establish a true democratic society, it is very important to have gender equality in general, and particularly women should equally partake in the administrative and political work of a country”. The cabinet outlined an eight-point policy to empower Tibetan women’s equal participation in the successful establishment of non-violent and democratic Tibetan community as envisioned by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The third point emphasizes that the Tibetan settlements should make efforts in having women as representatives and settlement officers, and also underscored the need to strengthen women’s role in the administration and politics of the democratic Tibetan community. This training strives to make this third point a reality.

TWA aims to address the dearth of female representation in the civil society of Tibetans in exile. For instance only 5 of the 54 current Settlement Officers are female. For over a year, TWA has been working on this training which is first of its kind. The main objective of this training is to empower Tibetan women in leadership qualities and to boost female representation in the decision-making positions in the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and other myriad avenues of the exile Tibetan society and in the global arena. The program will be followed by monthly workshops and networking days to help create a permanent, expanding female social and political network. Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) is promoting gender perspectives that will make the Kashag’s Policy on Women’s Empowerment more effective, and provide critical insight and dedication to many social and gender-specific issues.

This training will be two weeks long and will attract as much as 30 able women from all over India. The past, week-long leadership trainings have proven extremely successful in fostering leadership skills among Tibetan women and Tibetan nuns, and in encouraging women to become effective leaders within their own lives and within the community. This one will be much more intensive and focus specifically on empowering women as political representatives.

In conducting this training, TWA pays for accommodation and transport of the participants, TWA staff, and speakers, as well as rents and learning tools for participants. The Tibetan Women Leadership Training aims to foster leadership skills among Tibetan women, and therefore strengthening the whole Tibetan democratic community by empowering our women. There are many decisions relating to women and children that are socially crucial, such as education, maternal health, community-based services, and equal legal rights, where opinions, advises and expertise of women is indispensable. Also the working atmosphere has proven to be better with mixed. By the end of this training, we aspire to see women who are not only empowered, but also capable, prepared and willing to take up challenging roles in the decision making arena in the CTA and other areas of decision making. Eventually, this training will produce more able women leaders in the higher realms of the administration.

With this training, we plan to give the participants a unique opportunity to stand on the threshold of the creative process of building leadership skills and give them the right impetus and skills to reach for higher levels of leadership.

As of April 2010, Dr.Kiran Bedi, social activist and retired Indian Police Officer Service-(IPS) has agreed to grace the occasion and deliver a talk on ‘motivation.’ Gaea Logan, professional psychotherapist, a professor and author will lead sessions on personal dialogue, Lynda O Lepcha, the director and master trainer of Holistic Training Solutions (New Delhi) will hold the core training on Building Leadership Skills’. The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation (USA) has agreed to support his maiden venture of TWA with the much needed financial impetus. Michelle Pomeroy, a graduate student at New York University and Tenzin Palkyi former TWA staff and now a graduate student at the University of Kentucky is hands-on, working to make this ambitious project of TWA a grand success.

Please follow the posts on our website for further updates on this milestone and breakthrough Training.