TWA to organize a five-day Advanced Level ‘Training of Trainers’ on Legal Empowerment of Tibetan Women in Exile, India

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The Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) will organize a‘Training of Trainers’ program on Legal Empowerment of Tibetan Women in Exile, India. Fifty women and men from across India representing a cross-section of the exile population will participate in the five-day training beginning August 3 at Hotel Tibet, Mcloed Ganj.

 

Honorable speaker of Tibetan Parliament in Exile Mr. Penpa Tsering and Ms. Kamla Bhasin, Feminist Activist, a Social Scientist by Training and South Asia’s Leading Gender trainer will grace the opening ceremony.

 

The event will also feature a book launch: Legal Handbook on Indian Laws and Acts Protecting Women and Children in India, (Tibetan and English Version) and Legal Empowerment of Tibetan Women in Exile-India, A Research Report, 2014

 

During the course of the training, the trainees will be granted a special audience with His Holiness the Karmapa Rinpoche entailing a discussion on Karmapa’s authored work ‘Gender Identities-It’s all in the Mind’ from the book ‘The Heart Is Noble: Changing the World from Inside Out.’ An exclusive session with Honorable Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay will feature a discussion on the topic ‘Gender Empowerment and Significance of Legal Protection of Women and Children in Exile.’

 

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

 

Day 1

Sunday, August 3

 

9:00 onwards- Registration

 

14:30- 15:30 hrs

Audience with His Holiness the Karmapa Rinpoche and Discussion on Karmapa’s authored work ‘Gender Identities-It’s all in the Mind’ from the book ‘The Heart Is Noble: Changing the World from Inside Out.’

 

18:30: Welcome Dinner at Hotel Tibet

 

Day 2

Monday, August 4

 

9:00 – 10:00 hrs

Opening Ceremony

 

Chief Guests and Speakers:

9:15-9:35: Mr. Penpa Tsering – Honorable Speaker, Tibetan Parliament in Exile

9:35-9:55: Ms. Kamla Bhasin -Feminist Activist, Social Scientist by Training and South Asia’s Leading Gender trainer

 

Book Launch:

  • Legal Handbook on Indian Laws and Acts Protecting Women and Children in India, (Tibetan and English Version)- Speaker Penpa Tsering la
  • Legal Empowerment of Tibetan Women in Exile-India, A Research Report, 2014- Kamla Bhasin

 

10:30 – 18:00 hrs

 CONCPETUAL CLARITY

 

Trainer– Ms. Kamla Bhasin: Social Scientist by Training and South Asia’s Leading Gender trainer

 

  • Ice Breaker Exercise: Sociogramming
  • Gender
  •  Patriarchy
  •  Masculinity
  •  Violence against Women
  • Women’s Rights
  •  Women Empowerment
  •  I billion rising campaign

 

Day 3

 Tuesday, August 5

 

9 :00– 18:00 hrs

LOOKING WITHIN: REFLECTION

Trainer: Dhardon Sharling, Women Empowerment Trainer and Member, TPIE

 

  •  Ice breaker exercise: The Human Web, Faux Pas
  • Gender Socialization: Process and Agents
  • Attitudinal Change: Tackling Dilemmas and Stereotypes
  • Breaking the Silence and the Cycle
  • Knowledge-sharing platform: Panel Discussion on ‘Gender and Law Enforcement in Tibetan Community-Pre 1959 in Tibet and post 1959 in Exile.’

 

*Speakers: Mr. Tsering Wangchuk, Special Consultant, Kashag, CTA

                   Mr. Lobsang Yeshi, Gender Trainer and Member, TPIE

                   Ms. Tenzin Tseyang, Women’s Empowerment Desk, CTA

 

16:00-18:00 hrs:

Exclusive session with Honorable Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay

Discussion on ‘Gender Empowerment and Significance of Legal Protection of Women and Children in Exile.’

 

 Day 4

 Wednesday, August 6

 

9:00-18:00 hrs

THE ACTION-HERO WORKSHOP: CONVERSATIONS AND TAKING AGENCY ON THE ISSUE OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE.

 

Trainer: Ms. Jasmeen Patheja, Activist, Artist, Trainer and Founder of Blank Noise

 

  • Ice breaker exercise: Step By Step Guide To Unapologetic Walking
  • Collectively Defining Sexual Violence via Mind Mapping
  • Building and Sharing Testimonies amongst Group
  • I Never Ask For it Campaign
  • Evidence Wall and Insight Generation
  • Taking Safe Community Pledge

 

Day 5

 Thursday, August 7

 

NOW AND BEYOND: STRENGTHENING SELF AND OTHERS

 

9:00-10:30: Hahaha Sangha, The Laughter Club—facilitated by Jasmeen Patheja

 

11:00-13:00:

 Demystifying the India Law for Protection of Women and Children

 

Speaker: Karma D Namgyal, Advocate, legal officer of Tsurphu Labrang, LLM, American University’s Washington College of Law

 

  • Knowing and using the law
  • Legal recourse and intervention—a justified measure

 

14:00-16:00

 STRENGTHENING SELF AND OTHERS

 

Trainer: Dhardon Sharling

 

  • Strategic Communication: Innovative tools and Good Practices
  • Action for Life, Empowerment and Development

 

16:00-17:00

 Feedback and closing

 

18:00

Farewell Dinner, Hotel Tibet

 

 

TWA successfully wraps up its programs for the 33rd Kalachakra initiation held in Ladakh.

The Tibetan Women’s Association and its global network of regional chapters successfully organized a series of actions during the 33rd Kalachakra initiation offered by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and held in Ladakh from July 03-14, 2014.

10421207_10152144777451770_1923214857190397851_nTWA organized a series of public discussions oriented towards advancing public discourse on democracy, gender, women’s leadership, women and health and Tibet’s environment. The events catered to the general public and particularly Tibetan women who have converged in Ladakh for the Kalachakra program.

 

On July 5, TWA organized a public talk titled ‘Significance of Women’s Political Participation in Exile Tibetan Democracy.’ Speaker of Tibetan Parliament in Exile (TPIE), Mr. Penpa Tsering, Member of TPIE and women empowerment activist Ms. Dhardon Sharling and Asia program officer of National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and women empowerment activist Ms. Tenzin Palkyi engaged the mass audience on the vitals of democracy-women’s political participation.

10544336_10152144777561770_8226242263665996860_nOn July 7 and 8, TWA organized an exclusive training program for Tibetan women devotees. Doctor Lhadon, Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute and Dr. Tsering Lhadol popularly known as Ama Shema, a Ladakh based obstetrician trained the women participants on women’s reproductive health, parenting and pre-natal and post-natal child care.

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TWA also aimed to achieve advocacy at the international level and to this end, on July 13, TWA organized a panel discussion titled ‘Tibet the Earth’s Third Pole and its implication on Asia’s Future Sustainability.’ The panel of experts included; Dr. Chewang Norphel, environmental scientist and recipient of many national and international awards; Tenpa Gyaltsen Zamla from Tibet Policy Institute of Central Tibetan Administration and Dhardon Sharling, co chair of International Tibet Network. The 2- hour event discussed how in the age of climate change, Tibet’s environment is under threat thus posing greater threat to Asia and how this could be averted.

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Pertaining to TWA’s slogan; ‘Action in Exile’, 160 women members hailing from 30 regional chapters based in India and Nepal were officially recruited by the Kalachakra Organizing Committee to provide organizing, security, disciplinary and social services during the two-week Kalachakra event that saw a gathering of over 1,63,000 devotees from 73 countries.

 

On July 15, TWA members and volunteers were blessed with a special audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

 

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’ and ‘ Action in Exile.’

 

Press contact:

Tashi Dolma (President): mobile; +919018221011 (ladakh)

Samten Choedon (Vice President): mobile: +918803379766 (ladakh)

Nyima Lhamo (General Secretary): mobile: +919622992644 (ladakh)

 

 

 

TWA to organize a symposium on Legal Empowerment of Tibetan Women in Exile

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Brief introduction to the Legal Empowerment of Tibetan Women in Exile Project- 2013-2014.

 

Beginning last year (2013), the Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) carried out a special year-long project titled ‘The Legal Empowerment of Tibetan Women in Exile (LETWIE).’ The project received financial backing from KIOS (Finnish foundation for human rights). The sole aim of the project is to enable the social status of Tibetan women in exile to match the significance and vigor underlying the tenets and maxim of Tibetan democracy and human rights. It is also aimed to ensure that the exiled Tibetan population achieves a gender equal and healthy environment wherein women are protected against any form of discrimination, risk and violence.

 

With this undertaking, TWA reached out to Tibetan women across India and undertook an intensive education and awareness raising campaign, imparted training on topics such as; gender sensitization, combating gendered violence and awareness on the Indian laws protecting Tibetan women in India. The LETWIE-Action Team also engaged in a massive field-survey that had over 500 women fill out a questionnaire and an in-depth oral interview, the results of which are being assessed now.

 

An important component of the LETWIE project is the two-day symposium: a gathering of legal experts, women activists, grassroots leaders, stakeholders, representatives of civil society and the media. The gathering will discuss the gender status and social of Tibetan women in exile India based on the findings of the field research and survey carried out by LETWIE team across India. It will also engage in a dialogue to devise social programs and legal measures to combat the discrimination and violence facing women, while seeking to create a gender equal society and achieve social empowerment for Tibetan women exile.

 

The symposium will be attended by 50 people from different sections of the society and will be held on February 3 and 4 of 2014 at the India International Centre, New Delhi.

 

Symposium

 

Legal Empowerment of Tibetan Women in Exile

 

February 3 and 4, 2014

India International Centre

New Delhi

 

Organized by Tibetan Women’s Association

 

Detailed Program Schedule

 

Day One, Monday, February 3

 

9:30-10:30 am:

Opening Ceremony

 

Chief Guests

  • Mr. J.M. Mukhi, Barrister & Advocate at Supreme Court of India, will speak on the topic:

 

‘Strategic measures to ensure the legal protection of Tibetan Women in exile India.’

 

  • Mr. Tempa Tsering, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, New Delhi, will speak on the topic:

 

Importance of understanding the Indian legal system for Tibetans living in India.’

 

  • Ms. Kamla Bhasin, Feminist Activist and Gender Trainer in South Asia, will speak on the topic:

 

‘Understanding the Quest for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in India.’

 

Welcome note by TWA President

Thank you note by TWA General Secretary

MC—Dhardon Sharling

 

10:30 – 11 am: Tea Break

 

11 am – 01 pm :  Presentation and Discussion on Social and Legal issues facing Tibetan Women in Exile.

 

11-12 noon:

Interpretation of Quantitative Survey Findings

 

Presentation by: Tsering Choedon, Advocate and Project Coordinator, Legal Empowerment of Tibetan Women in Exile.

12-01 pm:

Large Group Discussion: on the Social and Legal Issues presented in the Findings.

 

Moderator: Tsering Choedon

 

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch Break

 

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm:

 

Plenary Session One

 

Dialogue Initiators

 

  • Ms. Jasmeen Patheja, Artist, Activist, Feminist, will speak on the topic:

‘Challenging Attitudinal Differences Towards Sexual Harassment against Women in India.’

 

  • Ms. Karuna Nundy, Advocate at Supreme Court of India, will speak on the topic:

 

‘Women Security and Legal Safeguards in Indian Law and International Law.’

 

  • Dr. Ananya Vajpeyi, Historian and Professor, will speak on the topic:

‘How Improving Rights Awareness and Legal Education Strengthens Women’s Intellectual Growth in the Society.’

 

Dialogue Chair, Dhardon Sharling, Creative Head, Legal Empowerment of Tibetan Women in Exile.

 

 Followed by Question and Answer Session

 

4:00-4:15 pm : Tea Break

4:15-4:45 pm:

 

Workshop Session one: Participants work in groups

 

Facilitator: Dhardon Sharling

Mission Statement

Individual responsibility and civic engagement

 

Consultants:

 

Tsering Choedon and Vinayak Narayan (Legal matters)

Tashi Dolma, Samten Choedon, Nyima Lhamo and Tsering Dolma (TWA matters)

Dhardon Sharling (Tibetan Administration and Societal attitude)

 

 4:45- 5:00 pm:

 

Finalizing the Mission Statement and Action Plan- Group Vote

 

Facilitator: Dhardon Sharling

 

End of Day one

 

 

Day Two, Tuesday, February 4

 

9:30- 11:15 am: Plenary Session Two

 

Dialogue Initiators:

  • Dr. B. Tsering Yeshi, Member Tibetan Parliament in Exile, will speak on the topic:

 

‘Tibetan Women in India—Breaking Social Stereotypes and Political Prejudices.’

 

  • Ms. Tenzin Tseyang, Coordinator, Women’s Empowerment Desk of Central Tibetan Administration, will speak on the topic:

 

 ‘Gender status of Tibetan women in India—pressing issues as grassroots.’

 

  • Mr. Vinayak Narayan, Advocate, District Court, Dharamsala, will speak on the topic:

 

Dealing with cases of Domestic Violence in the Tibetan Community in Exile.’

 

Dialogue Chair: Nyima Lhamo, General Secretary, TWA

 

Followed by Question and Answer

11:15- 11:30 am: Tea Break

 

11:30 am – 01:30 pm:  Sharing….


on Field Survey Results / Ground Observation by Legal Empowerment of Tibetan Women in Exile, Action Team (LETWIE-AT).

 

-Ms. Tashi Dolma, President, TWA

-Ms. Samten Choedon, Vice President, TWA

-Ms. Nyima Lhamo, General Secretary, TWA

-Ms. Tsering Dolma, Joint Secretary, TWA

 

Moderator: Dorji Kyi

Followed by Question and Answer session

01:30 -2:30 pm: Lunch Break

2:30 – 3:30 pm:

 

Workshop Session two:

 

Facilitator: Dhardon Sharling

 

Action at Institutional Level: Participants work in groups

 

v  What should TWA do next to address the pressing concerns

 

v  Recommendations for Central Tibetan Administration

 

Consultants:

 

Tsering Choedon and Vinayak Narayan (Legal matters)

Tashi Dolma, Samten Choedon, Nyima Lhamo and Tsering Dolma (TWA matters)

Dhardon Sharling (Tibetan Administration and Societal attitude)


3:30-3:45 pm : Tea Break

3:45 pm – 4.30pm: Sealing the deal…

 

Facilitator: Dhardon Sharling

 

Finalizing the Next Steps of Action for TWA

 

Finalizing the list of recommendations for CTA

 

(Group vote for the best action plan with feedback and input from LETWIE-AT)

 

4:30-5:00 pm: Closing

 

Tashi Dolma, Samten Choedon, Nyima Lhamo and Tsering Dolma

………END…….

 

 

 

 

TWA’s Week long 5th Annual Buddhist Nun’s Empowerment Program, 2013 successfully concluded

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Selakui, April 24, 2013: This year’s Nuns Empowerment Program, the 5th in series organized by Tibetan Women’s Association, concluded successfully, held at the Tibetan SOS Vocational Training Centre, Selakui, Dehradun.

The week-long ‘5th Annual Nun’s Empowerment Program,’ held from April 17th – 23rd 2013, was attended by 26 nuns from 10 nunneries based in India; Ladakh (Ladakh Nun’s Association),Drikung Samtenling and Sakya Rinchen Choekhorling (Dehra Dun), Tilokpur (Karma Drupgyu Dhargyeling ), Orissa (Namkha Khungzong) Garoh (Jamyang Choeling and Shugseb Ugen Dzong), Solan (Redna Menriling), Sidhpur (Dolmaling) and Dharamsala based Gaden Choeling.

The training saw various Tibetan resource persons leading sessions on vital concepts to empower and educate the nuns.

nun speaking.. group presentationMs. Tenzin Dhardon Sharling, member of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile led two day training on ‘Building Effective Communication Skills on the learning curve’ and ‘Innovation and Self-reliance’, Ms. Tenzin Tseyang, Trainer/ Coordinator, Women’s Empowerment Desk, CTA led a day long training on ‘Women Empowerment’,  Mr. Lhakpa Dhondup, Director/ Principal of the Tibetan SOS Vocational Training centre led an evening session on ‘Nutrition and Diet’, Mr. Duke Tsering, Principal, TCV Model school Selakui led a session on ‘Mind and Life’ and showed how the two concepts complement and relate to one another. The sessions were all interactive filled with mind games, group discussions and presentations, role plays and breathers.

As part of the practical training, the nuns worked on a social educational project proposal through the week and had the project implemented in teams at various Tibetan institutes based around Dehradun.

nun on tourA day was specifically reserved for an education tour, the nuns visited the prestigious ‘Doon School’ where the school administration very graciously arranged a half day long school visit for the nuns to explore and discover  the various educational conveniences enjoyed by the students in the school. After lunch, the group visited the ‘Forest Research Institute’, Dehradun; one of the ancient architects built by the British Empire; now serves as a museum and research centre.

20th April, 2013, Saturday the 10th day of the third month in Tibetan calendar (Pan-Chu), was an auspicious day. On that day, a mass prayer was led by the 26 nuns of different sects and nunneries, attended by the school students and staffs.

Nun Phuntsok Lamdon, Dolmaling nunnery said, “I am attending such program for the first time in my life, I am amazed to see the transformation from the level of shyness to a sense of self-belief and standing in authority as the week progressed.”

The nuns expressed that this program assisted them in realizing their skills and reinforced their beliefs and self-confidence and their ability. TWA hopes to see the nuns pursue leadership roles in greater numbers and at higher levels. We look forward to another enriching and empowering program to be held in 2014.

nuns on work, within groupTWA’s General Secretary, Nyima Lhamo states that “with the help of these programs, we hope to maximize their influence and to discover what they are truly capable of in their lives. The nuns who attended the course began to find out that they have talent and the ability which can be harnessed not only for the furthering of their own potential, but for the benefit of wider society.”

Coordinated by TWA’s Empowerment through Action Desk, ETADesk, the project has been graciously funded by the Science Meets Dharma, an institute which aims to provide monks and nuns in Tibetan monasteries in India with access to scientific education since its inception in 2009.

 

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

 

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

 

Press contact:

09882502821 – Nyima Lhamo, General Secretary, TWA

09756606452- Tenzin Choedon, Drikung Samtenling, Dehradun (participant)

09418111946 – Tenzin Lhakey, Gaden Choeling (participant)

09418525852 – Yeshi Lhamo, Tilokpur (participant)