TWA representative at Nobel Women’s Initiative international conference -DEFENDING THE DEFENDERS

photo-31-1024x764Kalon Dicki Chhoyang of Department of Information and International Relations, CTA and Pema Chedon, the research and media officer of Central Tibetan Women’s Association attended the 5th biennial Nobel Women’s Initiative international conference DEFENDING THE DEFENDERS in The Netherlands.

114 women human rights defenders and organisations working to advance the global agenda to protect women’s human rights defenders gathered at Santpoort-Noord, The Netherlands, over the weekend. Six women Nobel Peace Prize Laureates of the Nobel Women’s Initiative hosted this conference.

The participants comprised of human rights defenders, peace activists, advocates, researchers, donors and journalist from over 20 countries gathered to brainstorm on how best to protect women human rights defenders.  Past conferences took place in Guatemala, Ireland, and Canada.

Kalon Dicki Chhoyang, head of the Department of Information and International Relations was invited to moderate a panel discussion on “Networks save lives: protection strategies for WHRDs (Women’s Human Rights Defenders).”  She also spoke about Tibetan women as human rights defenders in Tibet.






SEE YOU IN LHASA, a campaign to express the gratitude to His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama


December 10 is an auspici4ous day, the day on which His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. Since then the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and Tibetan people both in and outside Tibet have been celebrating the day to express our gratitude to His Holiness for his leadership and presence at the most critical period of Tibetan history. CTA has also marked the year 2014 as the year of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.


With the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the conferment of Nobel Peace Prize to His Holiness, the Central Tibetan Women’s Association and its 56 regional chapters across the four continents (Asia, Australia, Europe and North America) organized a campaign called SEE YOU IN LHASA. The campaign is to evoke the unanimous vision of every Tibetan that is to make the return of His Holiness to Tibet and uniting with our brothers and sisters in Tibet.

For this campaign, TWA has produced:


SEE YOU IN LHASA ringtone and

SEE YOU IN LHASA bags.TWA aspires not only to make Tibetans and friends of Tibet all across the world to wear the badges, set the ringtone and carry the bag, we seek everyone to live with the dream of return back to home.


To download the ringtone ‘SEE YOU IN LHASA’ for free, right click ‘ here‘ and choose ‘Save link as’



TWA at COP20, Lima, Peru

LIMA, Peru:

1Central Tibetan Women’s Association’s Women’s Environment and Development Officer Dorji Kyi and The Tibet Policy Institute’s environment research fellow Tempa Gyaltsen are participating the ongoing UN Climate Change Conference or more popularly known as the COP20 at Lima, in Peru.


The COP20 or the Confere5nce of the Parties organised by the UNFCCC and hosted by the Government of Peru is being held from 1 to 12 December. More than one thousand government delegates, researchers, activists and scientists from around 190 countries are participating in the conference.


Dorji-Kyi-displaying-bannerTWA has been participating at the past UN Climate conferences such as  COP15 in Copenhagen, Denmark; COP17 in Durban, South Africa and COP 18 in Doha, Qatar.


The two Tibetan representatives are attending the conference to raise social-environmental issues such as the impact of climate change on the Tibetan landscape, the forceful removal of Tibetan nomads, polluting and damming of Tibetan rivers, the impact of destructive mining in Tibet under Chinese rule, and the global significance of the Tibetan plateau.

3The COP or the conference of parties is the biggest environmental conference organised by the UN to specifically deal with the impact of climate change and find solutions to mitigate the future impacts. The next or the COP21 would be held in Paris next year to sign some of the most important agreements.








5th Advanced Tibetan Women’s Leadership Training

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Registrations open; email now!


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

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




What to expect:

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

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

You can view 2013’s full ATWLT report here


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


Accommodation and travel:

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

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


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


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






TWA at KIOS International Seminar, Helsinki


Tibetan Women’s Association’s Vice President Ms. Samten Chodon attended the KIOS International Seminar on HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE ERA OF POST-2015 AGENDA at Helsinki, Finland from 23-25 September, 2014.
The seminar discussed on the future roles of civil society in promoting justice and accountability. This seminar gathered a group of human rights defenders, civil society activists and development experts to tackle issue on Human Rights.


For the seminar, 58 human rights defenders, civil society activists and development experts from 12 different nations participated in this discussion.
The two-day international seminar focused on few vital qestions:  What is the role of civil society in promoting justice and accountability in the Post-2015 ear? What is the role of human rights in the Post-2015 agenda? What are the future roles of civil society in realizing the Post-2015 development goals?DSC06793

On 25th September, all the participants were invited by KEPA office to have an interaction session on the works that participants’ organizations and civil right groups carry in their respective countries.  Kepa is Finnish civil society’s leading expert organisation on development policy issues. Kepa provides training and advice for civil society organisations (CSOs) in Finland, and for their partners in developing countries through country and regional offices in three continents.

Meeting with KEPA Executive Direcotr Timo Lappalainen.TWA’s representative Samten Choedon la received opportunity to speak on TWA and current intense situation of Tibetans inside Tibet. Samten la distributed the fact sheet of self-immolation and other books and information kits published by TWA.

In the afternoon of 25th September, the group was invited to visit the Ministry for Foreign affairs of Finland with KIOS Executive Director MS Ulla Anttila and Asst Coordinator Susanna Puukko.


The representative from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland introduced their high office’s works and then theyDSC06852 held a discussion forum, where every participant spoke about their human rights situation in their respective countries. TWA’s representative Samten Choedon la also spoke on the current critical situation of Tibetans inside Tibet and handed appeal letter to each and every human rights activist at the meeting.