4th Advanced Tibetan Women’s Leadership Training

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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.



Tibetan Women’s Association Fellowship Announcement- 2013


Tibetan Women’s Association is pleased to announce fellowship to one female candidate who would like to pursue a specialized study either in Gynecology or Pediatircs.


MBBS or Bachelor of Science in Nursing


  • Covering letter addressed to the President
  • Brief introduction of yourself and family background along with a statement explaining why you deserve to be the TWA Fellowhip recipient.
  • Two passport size photographs
  • Attested copy of Green Book
  • Degree Certificates
  • Medical Certificatetibetan


Kindly send us the above mentioned requirements before 31st July, 2013 via

email: twafellowship@gmail.com / tibwomen@gmail.com  or registered post

(Visit www.tibetanwomen.org for mailing address).


To gather more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 01892-221527


Priority will be given to those whose mothers serve as a member of Tibetan Women’s Association.


The applicants would be required to go through an interview.



2013 TWA Fellowship Announcement

Tibetan-Womens-Association-logoTibetan Women’s Association is pleased to announce fellowship to one female candidate, who would like to specialize in Gynecology or Pediatric.

On 54th Anniversary of Tibetan Women’s Uprising Day, TWA has announced scholarship to a Tibetan female student who plans to do further study either on gynecology or pediatrics studies. Unfortunately, till date no one has applied! So, here we are announcing this scholarship once again to all the female students.

Interested applicants are requested to send us the following documents before 15th June 2013 by email (twafellowship@gmail.com) or registered post.

1. Application including brief introduction of yourself and family background.

2. Explaining why you’d like to be the TWA fellowship recipient

3. Updated green book copy

4. Educational qualification certificates

5. Medical certificate

6. Two passport size photos

Priority will be given to those whose mothers serve as a member of Tibetan Women’s Association. The applicants would be required to go through an interview.

Feel free to contact us if you have any queries regarding TWA Fellowship program.

TWA trains Burmese activists in Thailand on ‘Democracy and Elections’ – report

The two week training imparted the tools for organizing a Mass Mock Election in Burma

TWA trained Burmese refugee activists based in Thailand on ‘Democracy and Elections,’ in light of their successful organizing of Exile Tibet’s first Mass Mock Election in July 2010.

TWA Vice President Samten Chodon joined Program Coordinator of ‘Empowerment through Action’ (Women’s empowerment) Nyima Lhamo in visiting five regions of Thailand.

The objective of this training program was mainly to share with the Burmese activists the possibility of conducting a mass mock election, and to tell the world that the 2010 election was rigged and the new system in Burma sustains the military power and rule.

Read the intial press release here, and a day-by-day report below.

[One] gentleman confessed that till date he has been living with more priority towards people and interest in his ethnic group; which he think should change after looking at how Tibetans in exile live and what they work towards

3rd and 4th August – Mahachai

Mahachai has the highest concentration of Burmese migrant workers in Thailand; most of them work in the area’s seafood processing plants. We began the day with so many doubts and fears of the possibilities of not being welcomed, of not being able to connect to our friends there. But our fears disappeared as we began with the training. The first day of the training saw around 25 young men who were invited by Ven. Ashin Vayama.  Many of them happened to be leaders of racial groups, NGOs and small associations. We looked into introduction of TWA, the similarities between Tibet and Burma’s struggle, our Democracy, why Democracy, then Mock election and why Mock election.

The greatest weakness of the people living in this part of town was lack of education; especially not knowing English. Most of the participants expressed their wish and desire to study but they saw no possibilities as the authorities object and suppress. Their survival becomes their priority and moreover the long working hours with only a day or two off in a month adds on their burden and makes it impossible for them to think of other possibilities. They wish if only a super power or a stronger foreign nation could initiate a program for them. A young man said that he tried to open a school in the locality but was not allowed; it sounded like the policy of the authorities to keep the masses uninformed and uneducated forever.

At the end of 2 days training, people of Mahachai showed interest and willingness to support to the organizing group.

6th and 7th August – Sangkhapuri

The next training was in Sangkhapuri at the New Mon Association’s office, attended by a group of 11 people. The group consisted of some women representatives from Mon Women’s Association and Mon leaders from New Mon State Party; it was impressive to see the women taking active participation. People in this town participated beyond our expectations, especially the Mon leaders; we were told that they lived in the forests with arms for more than 20 years but they had a lot to say and share with us throughout the two days. The offtopic discussions on gender issues and the refreshment game led by Rev. Imoto sparked in more laughter and hilarity to the training. It is always not easy to begin a big project like a mock election if there are too many ethnic groups with their ethnic interests; but this training clearly brought the participants closer and it was interesting to see them conversing in Burmese dialect instead of Mon dialect at the end of the second day of the training.

9th August – Mae sot

The town has a substantial population of Burmese refugees and economic migrants. In recent years the ongoing refugee situation has attracted NGO’s and International aid agencies to set programs in the town and surrounding areas. Rev. Imoto and his friends have opened a café named  ‘Peace Cafe’  and the net profit from this café project is used to help the people inside Burma.

Dr. Carl who was one of the organizers of this project kindly agreed to allow us to do the training at his house. Mae sot is a town where you find more Burmese than Thai people but politically a sensitive town and thus could organize only a day’s program. The attendees were all Burmese Activists representing Democratic Alliance of Burma (DAB), All Burma Student Democratic Front (ABSD), National Council of the Union of Burma (NCUB) and Refugee camp leaders. This group showed their concerns as to how to move towards a big project like a Mock Election; there was a slight lack of confidence and trust that the other ethnic groups would corporate and commit. Many of the attendees showed their curiosity and interest in learning about Tibet, Tibetan history and our lives in exile.

10th and 11th August – Chaingmai

On 10th August, Tibetan Women’s Association met with the secretaries of Women’s League of Burma(WLB); TWA’s Vice President and the Secretaries had a in depth discussion of the group’s activities, projects and programs.

The daylong meeting and exchange program with the high profile politicians and leaders of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), National United Party of Arakan (NUPA), Arakan National Council (ANC), and Chin National Front stands the most fulfilling part of the program. The gentlemen took note of all the things that we shared about TWA’s Mass Mock Election and they appreciated TWA for having conducted the mock election in exile. One of the gentlemen agreed and confessed that till date he has been living with more priority towards people and interest in his ethnic group; which he think should change after looking at how Tibetans in exile live and what they work towards.

13th August – Bangkok

Back in Bangkok, we readily waited to see meet with the Rohingya group leaders. The Rohingya (Burmese) living in Thailand is a predominantly Muslim ethnic group of Arakan in western Burma. Under the Junta rule, the ethnic minorities like the Rohingya are heavily discriminated. It always feels great when you meet people speaking the languages you are so close to; most of the attendees of the day spoke Hindi which helped to break the ice between us. As we presented the mechanism of conducting a mock election, many of them showed fear of the impossibility of conducting a mock election and were not confident of their participation if ever conducted. The attendees differed with their opinions and it brought in all the attendees to share their ideas to the group. Some of them felt that the first step should be education and empowerment; which is one of their weaknesses.


TWA is proud to be able to share and train our Burmese friends in Thailand despite that fact that we are refugees in this world. The restoration of peace and independence in Burma will surely have an impact on Tibet’s struggle. TWA is convinced that the Burmese activists will be successful in conducting a large scale Mass Mock Election in Burma to ascertain the people’s mandate in the formation of a Government run by a democratically elected leadership – just like the one bestowed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Tibetan people. TWA would like to thank Rev. Imoto for having presented TWA with this opportunity to share our work with the Burmese friends and we look forward to developing more programs and working together in the near future.


“Democracy plays an important role for Burma and Tibet. We feel Tibetan democracy is a gifted one, and are happy to share our gift with the people of Burma through this training. People in Burma are struggling for democracy under the Junta rule. Aung Sang Sui Kyi and her supporters’ efforts show commitment to restoring peace in Burma, and are effective enough to highlight the oppression and hardship facing of the people of Burma,” said Samten Chodon.

“With the heightened repression of Tibetans in Nepal, if Burma became a free state and if meaningful democracy is restored in Burma, then this could also create another route for Tibetans to escape into exile, even if it meant to escape secretly,” said Rev Katsuyuki Imoto.

“Some Burmese groups are trying to expand their knowlege, skills and ideals after you ladies left here. It was so powerful experience for
all of us, and I am sure that we are stepping to next stage soon. Strongly hoping Free TIBET and Free BURMA. With warm regards, Aiko Hommaru”

Also view the photographs on Flickr.

Overseas empowerment training 2011

Overseas empowerment training 2011

Overseas empowerment training 2011

Overseas empowerment training 2011

Overseas empowerment training 2011

Overseas empowerment training 2011

Overseas empowerment training 2011

Overseas empowerment training 2011

Overseas empowerment training 2011

Overseas empowerment training 2011

Overseas empowerment training 2011

Overseas empowerment training 2011

Overseas empowerment training 2011

Overseas empowerment training 2011

Overseas empowerment training 2011

Overseas empowerment training 2011

Overseas empowerment training 2011

Overseas empowerment training 2011

Overseas empowerment training 2011

Overseas empowerment training 2011

Overseas empowerment training 2011

Overseas empowerment training 2011

Overseas empowerment training 2011

Overseas empowerment training 2011

Overseas empowerment training 2011


TWA’s 3rd Annual Tibetan Nun’s Leadership Training successfully completed – report

Reporting from ‘Empowerment through Action Desk’ of TWA

nuns_empowerment_trainingContemporary Tibetan history stands testimony to the courage and leadership of Tibetan nuns in Tibet. Since 1959, nuns have displayed these virtues by initiating and participating in the peaceful demonstrations on the streets of Lhasa and across Tibet. Tibetan Women’s Association felt the tremendous need to address the issue of nuns’ leadership and empowerment, to better enable nuns to further their individual goals and pursue the national interest.

The “Empowerment through Action Desk” of the Tibetan Women’s Association organized the ‘Third Annual Tibetan Nuns Leadership Training’ from April 25 to 29 at the Shugseb Nunnery, Garoh. Funded by “Science meets Dharma” (a foundation aspiring to introduce science to Buddhist monks and nuns), the training was attended by twenty five nuns from eleven different nunneries based in Dharamsala, Garoh, Ladakh, Dehradun, Tashijong, Tilokpur, Solan and Kathmandu (Nepal).

Four trainers from TWA- Dhardon Sharling, Nyima Lhamo, Tenzin Dolma and Tenzin Woebum-, and three resource speakers- Dr. B Tsering Yeshi (former president of TWA and current coordinator for Science Meets Dharma), Tenzin Tseyang (Women’s Empowerment Desk of CTA) and Dr. Sonam Wangmo from Mentsekhang-, led the five-day training.

The morning yoga session was led by veteran yoga master Choedhar.

Day One;

The Minister for Culture and Religion (Kalon), Rev. Tsering Phuntsok, graced the opening ceremony as the chief guest and Kasur Rinchen Khando, the executive director of the Tibetan Nuns Project, as the special guest.

Kalon Tsering Phuntsok said, “culturally both sexes were designated with different forms of work such as men doing farming and business and while women took care of household chores and this shows the existence of gender inequality based on traditional beliefs, but these days we see a more sensitized society where women and men do almost everything up to their level best.”

“But the most important part of such empowerment programs is that the trainees should be able to grasp, understand and implement what is being taught during the training” said the minister for Religion and Culture.

Kasur Rinchen Khando congratulated the nuns for taking hold of the momentous opportunity being provided to them. “Empowering oneself is the greatest empowerment and this can be achieved by asking, analysing, enquiring and seeking knowledge and finally implementing and making the best use of what you have learnt” she said.


After the special tea break was the introductory session, where participants and trainers introduced themselves. Dr. Sonam Wangmo from Mentsekhang (Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute) led the afternoon session on ‘Women’s Health and its Implications’. Dr. Sonam spoke on health issues of particular import to women, and led a 45- minute question and answer session, which saw a good flow of questions from participants.


This was followed by a session on creative communication led by TWA trainer Dhardon Sharling. The participants worked in groups according to the nunneries to which they belonged, each group preparing a visual presentation on ‘Life in my nunnery’, which could be either chart presentation or a skit. The most important thing was about being able to communicate with creativity.


After dinner was a documentary film-screening; featuring His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 19th March 2011 speech on His devolution of political authority. Though the screening ran for two and a half hours and though the nuns had a long day, the participants had constructive views and opinions to share after the screening.


Day Two

The second day of the training witnessed Tibetan resource persons lead very informative sessions for our participants. Dr. B Tsering Yeshi (former president of TWA and current coordinator for Science Meets Dharma), led the morning session on, ‘Science and Buddhism – imbibing the best of both’. To begin with, Dr. B Tsering la explained more about Science Meets Dharma and its work since its initiation, and explicated important concepts. Participants were then organised into groups, with each discussing a different statement concerning a concept in science or Buddhism. Each group presented their discussion to the other participants (giving points both for and against their statements); some had lots to share and greatly impressed our resource person. The crux of the session was a message of taking the best of both Buddhism and Science, letting the two work together and never judging which is better. Dr. B Tsering la concluded her session with some encouraging words, asking the nuns to seize opportunities, for example attending the ample workshops and trainings on ‘Science and Buddhism’ made available.


Tenzin Tseyang, (Women’s Empowerment Desk of CTA) led the afternoon session on Women’s Empowerment; where she explained what women’s empowerment is; the dimensions of power; why there is a need to empower women; and the aspects of empowerment. The participants agreed that women’s empowerment is important, because women constitute half of the population. They agreed that there is dire need for equal involvement of women in decision making and policy development or planning at both community and national levels. Tseyang also gave a power point presentation, which was explicit enough for the nuns to understand the concepts and the significance of women’s empowerment. Our participants had a close look at the demographic survey conducted by CTA in 2009 which showed how many men and women work at CTA and how many women there are at different decision making levels. Most of the participants confessed that they never understood what women’s empowerment was about until that date. They took pleasure in learning new concepts and look forward to building on their understanding.


The evening saw a screening of a VOT organized panel discussion on the topic, ‘Women’s Empowerment’. The panellists included Mrs. Gyari Dolma, the deputy speaker of TPIE, Mrs. Tsering Yangkey, founding director of TEAM, and Lugar Jam, independent researcher. The participants learned that every woman has the potential and the capacity to accomplish bigger things, that opportunities for women persist and that therefore it is imperative for woman themselves to develop. The panellists inspired the participants to a great extend.


“One is Not BORN, but rather becomes a Woman” – Simone de Beauvoir


Day Three


Four trainers from TWA- Dhardon Sharling, Nyima Lhamo, Tenzin Dolma and Tenzin Woebum- led the remaining days of training.


The morning session began with a presentation on ‘Women and Leadership’ by Nyima Lhamo. The presentation showcased six prolific and accomplished women: Mother Teresa, Aishwarya Rai, J.K Rowling, Navenetham Pillay, Sonia Gandhi and Jetsun Pema la. After the presentation, the participants were divided into six teams and each group had to defend one iconic woman of their choice. The TWA trainers sat as judges with the power to save only one of the women; thus, the groups had to convince the judges to save their chosen woman. In the process of convincing the judges, our participants were helped to realise that they had potential equal to those iconic women, that sheer hard work, determination and unyielding struggle made those women icons, and that we should all take a leaf from their chapters.


Thereafter, our participants played some mind-stimulating games, the practical play of which taught them a few important things. The participants had lots of fun trying to solve the puzzles and  effectively implement the tasks. After lunch, the theme was working as a team and team effectiveness; in groups they had to solve “the square puzzle”, played a ball game and “crossing the border”. Each game showed the importance of discussion, team planning, allocating roles according to various skills, strategic thinking, etc. The participants laughed a lot during “crossing the border” as the ropes got higher: this was the point where their planning and strategic thinking played major roles.

After the tea break, Dhardon Sharling led a session on Goal Setting and Visualisation, with a focus on the importance of keeping ones goal SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound). The participants enjoyed the session thoroughly, becoming engrossed in their role play exercise on Visualisation; in this exercise, participants had to visualize and accordingly act on the scenarios: visit Amdo Ngaba for one day; meeting Hu Jinato for one hour; meeting Obama for one hour; forming the cabinet of the Tibetan Government in Exile for one day. The participants performed very well and their visualization process was very impressive.


The training also saw ‘Climate Night’, where TWA WEDD staff Tenzin Woebum introduced Tibet as the third pole and spoke extensively on, ‘Our responsibility in the age of Climate change’. In the evening, the 25 nun participants each took a pledge to contribute to combating the climate crisis and promoting climate justice. The climate pledge session was filmed and is being edited by our WEDD officer Woebum. Upon its completion, we will send you its youtube link.


Day Four


Day four was practical. Our participants began implementing the leadership theories they had learnt over the past three days.


The nuns were divided into four groups and given two hours time to draft a project proposal under the broad theme of social service. They had a limited budget of Rs. 1000, and would have only the time from 2 pm to 6.30 pm to complete the project. Rev. Lobsang Dechen la, the assistant director of Tibetan Nuns Project kindly accepted our invitation to judge the project presentations. The nuns looked uncertain and hesitant while drafting their proposals: they had to draft proposals in two hours, with a limited budget, for a project that could be implemented in four hours. However, when they returned to the venue at 6:30pm, they all expressed contentment and gratification over the successful completion of their projects.


Group A had seven members who divided themselves into three parts. Two of them visited and gave handkerchiefs to thirty residents of Jampaling, the old people’s home at Lhagyalri (Mcleod Ganj), while two remained at Shugseb and gave a health talk to the nuns at Shugseb nunnery, proceeding to do the same at the Jamyang Choeling nunnery. The remainder of the team went to Nyingtogpling (a centre for physically challenged children) and gave a talk on how to be happy and how to balance and control ones mind.


Group B were very creative and innovative. They organised a health talk and yoga class for twenty nuns at Gaden Choeling nunnery in Mcleod Ganj. It was impressive to see how they divided their time line and budget, and determined who would do what, when, how and why. The clarity of their project, and the precision with which they were committed to the project, impressed the panellists and they grabbed the complimentary prize of Rs. 500 over the Rs. 1000 provision for project implementation.


Group C also went to Nyingtogpling but with a motive to spread happiness. To this end, they brought game kits- which included badminton rackets, balls, balloons and skipping ropes-, and also some goodies and fruits and spent few hours with the children of Nyingtogpling.


Group D’s project looked simple but in reality was effective in the longer run. and catered to a broader global theme – the environment. They proposed to buy and plant eight eco friendly and health friendly trees at Shugseb nunnery; one of the members belonging to Shugseb took on the responsibility of watering the plants.


From 7pm, the evening session saw participants expressing their views on how their project implementation went, with a focus on what went right and what went wrong. Some of them expressed having learned about the various ways of contributing to the community and that they were happy that they could do something that day. Many confessed it was the first time they had planned and implemented a project that included public speaking, lecturing, meeting people, counselling them and purchasing necessary items.


The day’s training taught the participants on the importance of: planning, team management, creative communication, effective thinking, realistic approaches and practical implementation.


Day Five


The morning session of the final day of the training saw the nuns sitting in groups according to the nunnery they belonged to (thus we had eleven different groups). They were given two hours to discuss and draft an action plan on, ‘what they will do to empower nuns in their nunnery for the next one year until the fourth Annual Nuns Leadership Training’. TWA trainers acted as mentors, helping the nuns to give a practical outline to their plans. Before lunch each group presented their action plan and received ‘feed-forward’ from participant and TWA trainers. Taking this advice on board, the groups reworked their plans and TWA adopted the final action-plans by printing each under TWA’s letter head, endorsed with a seal. Each group procured two copies of the action plan, keeping one for themselves and giving one to TWA.


TWA’s ETA Desk looks forward to following up with the groups, and have requested each to report to TWA’s ETAD coordinator with written reports and pictures as they implement their plans. We also plan to visit the nunneries which are in close proximity to Dharamsala, to see and observe as the nuns implement their action plans. Most action plans focused on teaching and sharing the skills they learned from this training with the other nuns at their nunneries, for example: teaching yoga, planting plants, organizing resource talks and trainings, managing garbage and fruit enzymes, and generally sharing the skills learned. We shall keep our partner and sponsor updated as we follow-up with the participants throughout the year.


Rev. Lobsang Dechen la appreciated “Science meets Dharma” and Tibetan Women’s Association and graced the concluding function with a motivational speech encouraging the participants to make the most of their futures. The participants were each accorded certificates, traditional Tibetan white scarves, and a TWA WEDD bag carrying environmental messages and a pack of TWA’s publications.


The participants and the trainers had an afternoon recreation together, visiting the religious site (Kangra Lhamo) and enjoying a special dinner at the Kangra Fort.



The TWA trainers are now convinced that the successful completion of the training gives nuns a unique opportunity to stand on the threshold of the creative process of building leadership skills, and the courage to reach for higher levels of achievement; it thus treads the path of effective change. The training opened new avenues for nuns’ leadership in the Tibetan community and sought to broaden the horizons and prospects of leadership and shed the conventional connotation of leadership.


The 25 nuns who attended the training expressed in their feedback that, through this training, they had begun to explore the talents they possessed that could be harnessed not only for furthering their own potential, but also for the benefit of wider society. TWA is confident that this training will be a new milestone of inspiration for the nuns to contribute constructively to the Tibetan freedom struggle and to the promotion of Dharma.


In their feedback, the nuns requested TWA to organize more such trainings (if possible, twice a year), and also requested TWA to visit their nunneries and train more nuns there. Thus their feedback was fully positive and TWA’s ETA Desk and the trainers consider the training to have been a great success, which we look forward to taking even higher. We also look forward to enthusiastic and lively participation from our future participants.

This training is the third in the series and we remain indebted to Mr. Kalsang Chokteng la, Managing Director of “Science meets Dharma”, a project of Tibet Institute Rikon, for funding all the nuns’ leadership trainings held so far (since 2009). We also look forward to your continued support in the coming years, just as many of our participants wish to see continuity of similar trainings.


TWA’s ETA Desk remains thankful to all the participants for attending the workshop and we hope that this training will be a channel of positive change and inspiration for the nuns. TWA feels the need to do a lot of projects to empower and serve the Tibetan community, but one of the greatest barriers has always been the scarcity of funds. Therefore, we wholeheartedly thank “Science Meets Dharma” for their generous financial support.

TWA’s primary goal is to advocate the rights of the Tibetan women inside Tibet and to empower the Tibetan women in exile. TWA’s Empowerment through Action Desk (ETAD) was founded in May 2009 and the desk exists to strengthen and support the aims of TWA by ensuring that programs are accessible and presented with excellence. The ETAD provides a central point of contact of resources for Tibetan women in exile, while effectively coordinating empowerment programs in culturally appropriate and gender sensitive ways.


TWA’s ETAD 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 and the Annual Tibetan Nuns Leadership Training.


Feedback from the participants:


It is a good platform to introduce new concepts to the nuns and I appreciate TWA for having thought of this program. You should continue with it- thank you very much, I had a great time here with all the participants and the trainers.”

Ngawang Tendol, Kyidong Thukje Choeling, Nepal.


Thank you so much for everything and for including the nuns from Ladakh into your programs”

Ani Tenzin Palmo, Ladakh Nuns Association, Ladakh.


I hope to see this program being conducted every year because it is really helpful”

Lobsang Wangmo, Yung Drung Bon monastic Centre, Solan.


Such workshops not only impart knowledge, but build confidence and self esteem to our nuns. I hope our nuns can thus contribute and participate to better our community. Thank you for inviting the nuns from here.”

– Namgyal L. Taklha, Advisor to the Drikung Kagyu Samtenling nuns


Also view the photographs on Flickr.

Third Annual Tibetan Nun’s Leadership Training

Third Annual Tibetan Nun’s Leadership Training

Third Annual Tibetan Nun’s Leadership Training

Third Annual Tibetan Nun’s Leadership Training

Third Annual Tibetan Nun’s Leadership Training

Third Annual Tibetan Nun’s Leadership Training

Third Annual Tibetan Nun’s Leadership Training