TWA launches the 6th Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training, 2015

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Tibetan Women’s Association is pleased to launch this year’s much anticipated ‘Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training’, the 6th in the series. We invite Tibetan women between the age group (21-40) to register for the training.

Registration will remain open from today until November 30,2015.

The training is scheduled to take place from December 20-27, 2015 at the Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi.

The eight-day training will explore the three different aspects of leadership- identifying, building and implementing leadership skills. The training encompasses both inbound and outbound programs and activities. Leading trainers such as Lynda Lepcha, executive director, Holistic Training Solutions, Paramita Das, critically acclaimed filmmaker and artist, and Dhardon Sharling, MP and PhD scholar will lead the training along with TWA’s core team.

Past trainees have affirmed that the experience was brilliant and that of a lifetime and that they benefited a great deal by being on the learning curve.

The training aims to empower young Tibetan women to hold the mantle of leadership, to continue with the legacy of women’s leadership and thereby secure a safe and a sound future for women across the globe. It also aims to strengthen the social foundations of the Tibetan political struggle.

Travelling and other expenses will be met by Tibetan Women’s Association on production of bills.Interested candidates are requested to register themselves immediately. Seats are limited to 30 only.

The training agenda will be made available soon.

This year’s training is funded by National Endowment for Democracy

You can view 2013’s full ATWLT report here

For further information please contact TWA’s General Secretary, Tsering Choezom at


TWA’s Advanced Women’s Leadership Program concludes today

2December 31st, 2014

New Delhi:


The weeklong leadership program titled ‘Advanced Tibetan Women’s Leadership Training’ (ATWLT), the 5th in the series, concluded today at the India Habitat Centre. A panel discussion titled ‘HeforShe-Role of Men in Empowering Women,’ marked the culmination of the training organized by Tibetan Women’s Association. 27 Tibetan women from across India converged in the Indian capital from December 25 to 31 for 7 days of ‘identifying, inculcating and implementing leadership skills.’


TWA had the honor of three esteem panelists on the final day panel discussion: Honorable Sheila Dikshit, former chief minister of India’s capital New Delhi; Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar, former minister and current Member of Parliament and Ms. Karuna Nundy, senior advocate of the Supreme Court of India. The panel discussion was attended by more than 50 people and it was moderated by Nyima Lhamo, the General Secretary of the TWA. The 2-hour discussion focused on keeping the momentum going and to ensure that men stay just as outraged at the inequalities faced by women and also to guarantee that the passion in men to empower women and their desire to create a fair and just society for both men and women.


1The honorable Sheila Dikshit, former Chief Minister of Delhi from 1998 to 2013, spoke on the tremendous contribution women make on a daily basis. She said, “75% of all work in the world are done by women”, but more often than not, women get taken for granted. She expressed concerns on how women don’t get the credit they deserve, and the respect men should give them. Mrs.Dikshit rejected the practice of referring to women as the weaker sex. It is just that women currently do not have the opportunity to realize their full potential. But it is also clear that in all the fields where women have exercised their abilities, they have proved themselves. So, with the right environment, where the He’s of the world create space and opportunities for the She’s of the world, there can definitely be a fair society for both men and women.


Advocate Karuna Nundy said it is time to lead now and stop the culture of complicity with the system of patriarchy. It is time to reject the system of thought that privileges men. In the current world, Ms. Nundy argued, “my rights and your rights are tied in together”. Its important to struggle for our rights, because rights are never handed to the oppressed on a platter. She said having a daughter is the biggest indicator of whether a man is a feminist. In the legal world, Ms. Nundy said, it’s now time to create systems of incentives and penalties to really make a sustaining difference in sensitizing police and judges to gender issues. She also said that patriachal system should be rejected completely brcause it not only oppresses women, but it also suppresses the compassionate and sensitive side of men.


Shri. Mani Shankar Aiyar reflected on how the He’s in positions of power and are dominating the society. So, unless the He’s created space for the She’s to exercise their power, women will never be able to take on leadership positions. He credited the 33% reservation for women in India for creating a platform that has allowed 13-15 lakh women to be elected to local offices. He said, more women hold elected offices in India than rest of the world put together. He said that with appropriate training and education, all women could be just as effective as men. He also argued that women tend to be less corrupt compared to men and they tend to focus more on social welfare issues


Three professional trainers: Mr. Benjamin David from Breakthrough India, New Delhi; Mr. Tarandeep Rekhi, a senior consultant from Holistic Training Solution and Ms. Tenzin Palkyi from National Endownment for Democracy led the training. The program covered areas such as action-centered leadership, team building and effective public speaking skills. The outbound training included field visit, covering stories in real-life settings as citizen journalists and lobbying Indian leaders.


As a part of the training, on December 26, the trainees staged a lobby campaign that was successful in getting Indian leaders, influential leaders include: Honorable Maneka Gandhi, Ministry of Women and Child Development.


“I learned to be more responsible and will try my best to implement the skills learned to better myself and the Tibetan community”. Tenzin Nyima, Service, Dharamsala


“Life is about moving out of comfort zones, and I learned alot of real life lessons. This training will be my take away of year 2014”. Tenzin Seldon, Student, Delhi University


“This training is a complete leadership package”. Tenzin Samten, Corporate Sector, Chennai.


“I got to live another student like life through this training. Its a great learning opportunity and I will always compare and compete with myself in life”. Tenzin Choedon, Teacher, Dharamsala


The 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 17,000 member organization with 56 chapters in four continents- Asia, US. Europe and Australia. TWA’s slogan is ‘Advocacy for Home, Action in Exile.’


 Press Contacts:

Tashi Dolma, President, TWA: 9882417181

Nyima Lhamo, General Secretary and the training coordinator, TWA: 9882502821/ 9910892651


Attached are two selected photos from today’s panel discussion. The attachments are authentic and verifiable.



Women Empowerment Workshop at Gangtok

20141027_093412A two-day women empowerment workshop was organized by the Women’s Empowerment Desk, Department of Home, in collaboration with the Tibetan Parliamentary and Policy Research Centre (TPPRC) and Central Tibetan Women’s Association.
The workshop was attended by more than 53 participants from Gangtok, Ravangla, Darjeeling, Sonata and Kalimpong.

The inaugural session of the Women Empowerment workshop was attended by Shri P.D Rai, Member of Lok Sabha, Parliament of India; Ms. Gyari Dolma, Kalon for the Department of Home, CTA; Ms. Pramilatai Mede, Former Chief of Rashtriya Sevika Samiti; Ms. Shanta Kumari, Chief of Rashtriya Sevika Samiti. Other dignitaries were Ms. Kamla Bhasin, South Asia’s leading Gender Trainer, Ms.Youdon Aukartsang, Member of Tibetan Parliament in Exile; Dr. B. Tsering, Member of Tibetan Parliament in Exile and principal of Dalai Lama Institute of Higher Education and the settlement officers of Gangtok and Ravangla Tibetan settlement.


For the 2 day workshop, there were six trainees from different parts of India covering various topics related to women empowerment and gender equality.

Day 1:

1. Ms. Shanta Kumari (Shantaka), Chief of Rashtriya Sevika Samiti
Covered on: Women Empowerment and initiatives of the Rashtriya Sevika Samiti

2. Ms. Nyima Lhamo, General Secretary of Central Tibetan Women’s Association
Covered on: Tibetan Women Empowerment and initiatives of TWA

3. Dr, Doma T. Bhutia, Senior Advocate
Covered on: Women’s Legal Rights

4. Dr. Bhumo Tsering, Member of TPiE
Covered on: Empowering Tibetan Women: Challenges, Progress & Opportunities

Day 2:

1. Ms. Kamla Bhasin, South Asia’s leading Gender Trainer and also a social scientist by training.
Covered on: Status of Women worldwide, Women Empowerment, what should be the journey forward? Gender, Patriarchy, Women’s Movement,       Feminism, Violence Against Women, etc.

2. Ms. Youdon Aukatsang, Member of TPiE
Covered on: Developing the self for leadership


The two-day workshop was successfully concluded with distribution of certificates to the participants. The Gangtok settlement officers and his team have facilitated this two-day session with all the necessary helps that the organizing team needed.


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’s Training on Legal Empowerment of Tibetan Women in Exile draws close

Sixty action heroes pledge action to create a gender sensitive and a legally empowered Tibetan Community in exile


Dharamsala, August 7, 2014: The five-day ‘Training for Trainers’ program on ‘Legal Empowerment of Tibetan Women in Exile’ concluded today with sixty participants including eight men taking a ‘safe community pledge’ for action, empowerment and development.

Building testimonies

Trainee with a pledge_EnglishChanging one’s mindset, being gender sensitive and instilling that knowledge and awareness in the community remained pertinent in all pledges.


“I will not look at her as women or him as men, but as human beings with human values with the basic right to live with dignity,” read one pledge by a 45-year-old female Tenzin Dolma.

“I will protest any individual who commits sexual harassment and violence against women.” Phuntsok Dorjee, 23, male, student activist.


During the course of the training program His Holiness the Dalai Lama blessed the organizers and the participants and expressed appreciation for such programs. His Holiness advised that it should bear the foresight to benefit all sentient beings. “This legal empowerment training program should continue and also use its potential to empower not only women and men but also the sentient beings on earth,” said His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

with His Holiness



His Holiness the Karmapa Rinpoche led a discussion on the topic ‘Gender Identities’ and shared his thoughts and concerns on the gender disparities that exist in Buddhist traditions and beliefs. Karmapa Rinpoche advised the participants to not allow these restraints to deter them but encouraged them to identify, communicate and network and build alliances with the other women groups and support each other’s endeavors and actions.

With Gyalwa Karmapa


Honorable Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay held a lengthy discussion on the pressing issues of child molestation and gender-based violence that has unearthed in the recent times in the Tibetan community in exile. “We should have zero tolerance against such crimes and the perpetrators should be trialed under the court of law as criminals instead of being let free and forgiven,” said Dr. Sangay.

with Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay


As the chief guest of the opening ceremony of the training program, Honorable speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in exile, Mr. Penpa Tsering, said that these training programs on gender sensitization and taking legal recourse to tackle sexual harassment and violence should be given more to men who tend to be the perpetrators of such heinous crimes.