Leadership Training for Tibetan Women in India

3rd Advanced Tibetan Women’s Leadership Training

3rd Advanced Tibetan Women’s Leadership Training

Registrations open; email now!


Tibetan Women’s Association is honoured to launch the third series of the Advanced Tibetan Women’s Leadership training. The training is scheduled from 18th – 27th December 2012 in New Delhi.
The registration will be open until 10th December 2012 – 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 ample practical exercises, exposure trip, event management shows, panel discussion with women leaders and professionals (Tibetans and non-Tibetans).

*Registration closes on 10th December 2012. 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, papers, notebooks, folders and pencils. 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 below contact General Secretary of Tibetan Women’s Association Nyima Lhamo via email – twaetadesk@gmail.com, or feel welcome to telephone with any queries – 01892 221527 or 09882502821 .

What to expect… More about last year’s 2nd Advanced Tibetan Women’s Leadership Training

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 – (Pokhara-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 Bharkha Dutt’ and ‘NDTV Left, Right and Centre’ 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. You can view 2011′s full ATWLT report here and see some photos below or all on Flickr.

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.

“Thank you TWA for such an initiative and it’s worth sacrificing my bar exam for this training. Gladly met many beautiful women and great brains, thank you all”

“Everything was so perfect, not only the training, but also all other facilities you have provided was really impressive. Keep up the great work and I wish you all the very best for future. Hope you keep doing these training and empower more and more Tibetan women.”

“It has been a great pleasure getting to know you all and I am feeling good to know that the Free Tibet cause is in good hands. I am absolutely blown away by everything that this whole group produced throughout the training, keeping creativity alive and thriving.” Vicki Robinson, Trainer, Canada.

His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama 2012

TWA celebrates His Holiness’s 77th Birthday

His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama 2012Dharamsala, 6th July 2012: To celebrate today’s auspicious day of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s 77th birthday, Tibetan Women Association (TWA) hosted three different events in Dharamsala; Free flowers and plant’s saplings distribution, a lunch and sweet treats for leprosy patients at two hospitals in Palampur and sweets circulation to the Indian offices in and around Dharamsala.

750 saplings have been distributed to the last with the goal of unification with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s consistent effort in propagating the importance of staying in harmony with Mother Nature and of course contributing our bit to make our earth a greener and healthier place to live in. The sprout distribution started around 10:30am. People entering and exiting the Main temple, during the commemoration of His Holiness’s birthday celebration function, has gladly accepted the saplings with the appreciation of TWA’s unique approach of celebrating the day and its contribution to a greener earth. The recipients of the saplings include grandparents, parents, monks, nuns, foreigner staying in Dharamsala, Indian residents, young people, and also children. “This is indeed a really a beautiful gift for the people on such a wonderful occasion; we are in awe of TWA for such a great work,” said a monk from Nechung Monastery.

TWA has also set up a lunch and sweets for leprosy patients at Palampur Leprosy Homes and Hospital. The hospital has been doing great in its endeavour to cure leprosy patients. As a token of love and thanks, especially for the medical aid provided for the Tibetan patients at the hospital, (9 out of 18 patients are Tibetan) TWA has chosen this special occasion to thank them and share our love for the patients who has been fearless in tolerating such disease. TWA has also given away sweets and juices to the patients and staffs at Government Leprosy Hospital, Kanwari, Palampur. “The patients received our small lunch with such an affection and gratitude; in fact, they have been waiting for the arrival of TWA’s members as they have been informed earlier about it. They are looking forward to continuance such gestures from TWA” said Samten Dolma, Vice President of TWA, who has been to the spot and circulated sweets.

Furthermore, in accordance with Indian culture of sweet-giving on special occasion, TWA has been to 39 different Indian offices in Dharamsala to share the happiness of today’s auspicious occasion with our Indian friends. The offices include: post offices, banks, SP office, DC office, Police station, water supplier office, municipal office, electric office, friends at Bharat Tibet Sahyog Munch, Himalaya Parivaar and so on.
TWA has finally ended the day by successfully hosting all three events.

Pictures of the event can be viewed at TWA’s Facebook account.

Clampdown on Delhi Protests

Source: Kevin Frayer/Associated Press
Delhi, Friday March 30. Tibetan residents in Delhi have been forced to endure even more tenuous and harsh security checks on the eve of President Hu Jintao’s visit. Districts with Tibetan residents have effectively been placed under house arrest as authorities aim to repress any form of protests against the Chinese government.

Paramilitary officers have been active in much of the Tibetan neighbourhood, Tenzin Norsang, joint secretary of the Tibetan Youth Congress, was arrested and held in a local jail. After being contacted on his cell phone, Norsang said there was an additional 156 Tibetans being imprisoned including 23 women. These figures were later confirmed by a police official wishing to keep his anonymity, who said 151 people had been arrested by Tuesday, with further prisoners en route. Before communication was lost, Tenzin said: “Indian police are doing what we want. Either let us condemn Hu Jintao’s visit or detain us.”

On the Wednesday before President Hu arrived, Tibetan groups protested outside the Oeroi Hotel where he would residing, however their efforts were stopped by troops with activists reporting two girls and a boy were later detained.

For much of these Tibetans there is a sense of conflict. On one hand, they protest for their freedom, his holiness the Dalai Lama, their country; however the police who oppose them are simply following orders from their government following pressure from the Chinese authorities to avoid any high profile protests that have occurred in recent years.

Tenzin Dolkar, a grassroots co-ordinator for Students for a Free Tibet India, was in Delhi and involved during President Hu Jintao’s visit. For four days she continuity protested, evading police for much of it before being arrested on the final day. She says:

“The police were generally very good to us. Although I think they are just following orders, most of them known about our situation and sympathise with. However, I do wish there took a more gentle approach when we are protesting. Most of the Tibetans I know in prison have generally been treated well but sometimes they have been beaten up, especially when protesting directly outside the Chinese embassies.”

For exiled Tibetans residing in India, protesting is neither protected or a given right, hence many find themselves suppressed in their attempts. However their efforts is a clear sign that support for a free Tibet is rife across the world, and the Chinese Government can no longer hide behind the shroud of deceit it has long relied on.

March 27 India Tibet discussion

An Academic Dialogue: What Does the Tibet Leverage Mean for India Today?

TWA organizes a crucial Panel Discussion on the eve of Hu Jintao’s India visit

March 27 India Tibet discussionNew Delhi, March 27, 2012: In the wake of heightening Tibetan resistance and desperation, intensifying Chinese military response, and Asia’s looming water crisis threatening the future of regional stability, there is no doubt that the global eye has shifted east.

To view pictures of the event, please see the bottom of this page or visit TWA’s Flickr page here.

In preparation for Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to New Delhi tomorrow, the Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) hosted an “Academic Dialogue” today to present imperative viewpoints to decision-makers and the public regarding Sino-Indian-Tibetan affairs. Four speakers debated “What the Tibetan Leverage Means for India Today,” and engaged in a question-and- answer session after their individual 15-minute statements.

The event, held at the Casuriana Hall of New Delhi’s India Habitat Center, commenced with a moment of silence to respect those who are contributing to the peaceful resolution for Tibet crisis – “Tibetan, Chinese, or other, alive or passed on.” Special recognition was made to yesterday’s self-immolation by Jamphel Yeshi (27) in New Delhi on March 26.

Following the introduction, four speakers offered insight into Sino-India-Tibet realities: Mr. Tempa Tsering, Special Representative for the Delhi Bureau Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama; Dr. Mohan Guruswamy, Chairman and Founder of the Centre for Policy Alternatives and author of ‘Chasing the Dragon: Will India Catch Up with China?’; Former Major General Vinod Saighal, internationally acclaimed political author and Executive Director of Eco Monitors Society (EMS); and Tenzin Tsundue, writer, 2001 winner of the Outlook-Picador Award for Non-Fiction, and renowned Tibetan activist.

March 27 India Tibet discussionTempa Tsering began the discussion with an overview of past and present Tibetan history, relating notable events to a declining trust among Asian neighbors today. Tsering highlighted sources of Tibetan inspiration for nonviolent resistance and insisted that military might is not a sole source of power. He called on other countries to represent their stated principles, and suggested that India can contribute to progress in Sino-Tibet affairs under the Middle Way Policy, a path continuously encouraged by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Mohan Guruswamy followed Tsering with a compelling assessment of Indian and Chinese military positioning, the statehood of Tibet, and a review of the Indian policy of compassion toward troubled governments and citizens. “When the Tibetans threw out the Chinese in 1913, they came to India: we are a place of refuge. We are home to Afghans, Ugyurs, Burmese, Pakistanis, Tamils… it is the nature of India.” Dr. Guruswamy insisted that though Tibetan activities have a strong impact on the Indian community, India would not go to war over Tibetan issues—India can only continue to pressure for the resumption of dialogues.

Tenzin Tsundue started off by acknowledging United States and India’s inability to assist Tibet—country efforts that are thwarted by business interests. Tsundue recognized India’s particularly immense desire to lessen neighborly tensions and claimed that “India gives us [Tibetans] our strength, our confidence—India is our guru.” Tsundue pointed to Tibetan unity on the boycott of Losar in honor of self-immolations, defining the “Tibetan Leverage” to be the Tibetan freedom struggle itself. “If there is any leverage India seeks—it’s the Tibetan people—they make the Tibetan freedom struggle a threat to China.” He warned of an impending Chinese collapse that will drastically damage the western corporate investment that has propped China up. “We are already free and have nothing to lose aside from Chinese insecurity.” Tsundue asserted that if China has any fear, it is of the unity and the spiritual strength of the Tibetan people. He affirmed that ‘this is the leverage Tibetans have to offer.’

Major General Vinod Saighal contended that ‘dialogues’ are among equals, and the western recession has eliminated the ability of many governments continue respectable dialogue with China. “Money talks… the day that India can ‘talk’ will be the day India tells China to talk to a representative of His Holiness.” Until then, General Saighal suggested Tibetan nonviolence itself to be the ‘Tibetan Leverage,” as a force the world has never seen before.

An audience of students of various levels, news media, concerned citizens, and intellectuals responded to the statements with follow-up questions and requests for elaboration during the preliminary question an answer session, held before a break for hi-tea.

In response to a question requesting concrete examples of potential Indian action, Tempa Tsering claimed that India had already done everything within its political limitations, and Guruswamy agreed and said that ‘Freedom is something people must earn themselves.” Tenzin Tsundue pointed to the many political calculations that failed to predict the Arab Spring or the fall of the USSR—human efforts. He suggested that India recognize historical Tibetan independence in order to claim their right to Arunachal Pradesh under the bilateral treaty signed between Tibet and British India in 1914.

The panelists also responded to inquiries regarding foreign response to self-immolation and media coverage of Tibetan events. Guruswamy said that while India is ‘unhappy to see people immolating, it has a responsibility as a rising power.’ Tsundue asserted that ‘Tibetans will fight and win our freedom, but we will not kill ourselves – we may set ourselves on fire, but we will not hurt the other. This is our spirit’.

Upon breaking for hi-tea, approximately ten policemen in plain-clothes, led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, ambushed Tenzin Tsundue while he was speaking with guests and “preventatively arrested” him around 5:30 p.m. TWA officials pleaded with the authorities to let Tsundue complete his commitment, but were met with violent shoves. Tsundue was dragged to his feet and forced out the back door, and his whereabouts remain unknown.

Tenzin Tsundue’s unexpected detainment proved a stark reminder of the reality –‘Tibet’s leverage’-that spawned today’s panel discussion.

TWA was founded in 1959 in Lhasa, Tibet, and is the second-largest Tibetan non-governmental organization in exile. TWA is committed to the Middle Way Policy seeking genuine autonomy within the framework of PRC, and believes that thought-provoking discussion is one of the effective ways to mark President Hu Jintao’s visit to India and suggest the continuation of dialogues among government representatives.

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Kirti Dolkar Lhamo, President, TWA: 0-9882291202
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TWA event hijacked by police officials, writer Tenzin Tsundue arrested and detained

Source: friendsoftibet.org

New Delhi, March 27, 2012: Writer Tenzin Tsundue was arrested and taken away by Delhi police officials while leading a discussion panelorganised by the TWA, on President Hu Jintao’s visit to India.

A writer and winner of the 2001 of the Outlook-Picador Award for Non-Fiction, Tenzin is a renowned Tibetan activist and was joined by three other notable individuals in an academic discussion on the rapidly deteriorating crisis in Tibet. Joining Tenzin was Mr Tempa Tsering, a Special Representative for the Delhi Bureau Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama; Dr. Mohan Guruswamy, Chairman and Founder of the Centre for Policy Alternatives and author of ‘Chasing the Dragon: Will India Catch Up with China?’; and former Major General Vinod Saighai, an internationally acclaimed political author and Executive Director of Eco Monitors Society (EMS).

The event was interrupted when ten officers in plain-clothes, led by the Deputy of Police, ambushed Tenzin as he was speaking to guests and preventatively arrested’ him around 5:30pm. All calls from TWA officials and members of the crowd to the authorities for an explanation and his release were met with a violent response. Tenzin was dragged to his feet and forced out of the building; his whereabouts and status remain unknown.

Born to a Tibetan refugee family, Tenzin has become of the most vocal and well-known supporters for a free Tibet. His first published book of poems titled ‘Crossing the Border’ was released in 1999 while studying his Masters degree in Literature from Bombay University and he has since released several other pieces of work.

Tenzin is no stranger to the struggle for a free Tibet and has been involved in protests and subsequently arrested for his efforts on multiple occasions. He first rose to international prominence in January 2002, scaling scaffolding to the 14th floor of the hotel where PRC’s Zhu Rongji was staying; where he unveiled banners for a Free Tibet before being arrested by Indian police. In 2005 he was once again protested against the visit of PRC Wen Jiabo to Bangalore. Stood upon a balcony of a 200 foot tower at the Indian Institute of Science, he again displayed a banner calling for the freedom of Tibet.

Tenzin’s work and struggle for a free Tibet mirrors the feelings of not only the Tibetan people, but millions around the world who want an end to the Chinese government’s rule. Tenzin’s arrest is a harsh reminder of the influence of the Chinese government on other countries. However the voice for freedom cannot be silenced or intimidated.