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.’




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



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


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



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




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



 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





Trainer: Dhardon Sharling


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



 Feedback and closing



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.


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.


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’s Advanced Women’s Leadership Program concludes

Harness women power to human power, says Indian leader Mani Shankar Aiyar

1December 31, New Delhi: The week-long leadership program titled ‘Tibetan Women’s Advanced Leadership Training’ (TWALT), the 4th in the series, concluded today at the India Habitat Center. A panel discussion titled ‘Role of Women in Peace-building, Reconciliation and ensuring Accountability,’ marked the culmination of the training organized by Tibetan Women’s Association. 38 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.’2

Three key speakers: Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar, former minister and current member of Parliament, Dr. Alana Golmei, activist and founder of Burma Centre in Delhi and Ms. Souzeina Mushtaq, journalist and writer from Kashmir, spoke at the momentous gathering of 50 people. Moderated by Dhardon Sharling, the 2-hour discussion established a substantive dialogue to identify the impediments and opportunities for women, to consider lessons learned and build on best practices and ways forward for bolstering women’s role in securing peace, reconciliation and accountability, across the globe particularly in Tibet, Burma, India and Syria.

Three professional trainers: Lynda O Lepcha (Director of Holistic Training Solutions), Dhardon Sharling (Member of Tibetan Parliament in Exile and Co-Chair, International Tibet Network) and Jaya Iyer (professional leadership trainer through the arts), led the training. The program covered areas such as critical thinking, personal effectiveness, communications strategy, social media and leadership, leading self and others, leadership strategy and execution. The outbound training included field visit, covering stories in real-life settings, lobbying Indian leaders, participation in NDTV debate and an exclusive panel discussion with famed Indian speakers.

As a part of the training, on December 26, the trainees staged a lobby campaign that was successful in getting Indian leaders and advocates of India’s Supreme Court to sign the petition urging the Spanish Government and the European Union to stand up for Tibet and to maintain judicial independence of Tibet lawsuit from political interference. Influential signatories include: Shri Bhakta Charan Das, Lok Sabha Member of Parliament representing Congress party, Shri Inder Singh Nomdhan, an independent Lok Sabha Member of Parliament, Smt Meenakshi Lakhi, Politician, Lawyer and National Spokesperson for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shri Dig Vijay Singh, former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and General Secretary of All India Congress Committee (AICC).

On December 30, the trainees undertook an outdoor project titled ‘Rebuilding Lives,’ wherein they visited three relief camps in Uttar Pradesh. Besides engaging in relief work catering to women and children victims of the recent riots in Muzaffarnagar, the trainees filed a photo-story narrating the pressing social issues facing the inhabitants of the relief camps.

“I think this is one program every Tibetan woman should be a part of, once in her lifetime. It gave me a life-changing experience,” said Tenzin Lhadon, M.Phil student in JNU, Delhi.

“TWA’s leadership program is intense and challenging as it sets out to mold us, young women as future leaders,”- said Nyima Choezom, executive member of TYC Centrex.

“This year we focused more on strategies including strategic communications and leadership strategy and execution,” said Nyima Lhamo, General Secretary of TWA.

“The training designed to empower Tibetan women on the leadership front focuses on bolstering female representation in the political and social arena of the exile Diaspora,” said Ms. Tashi Dolma, President of TWA.

4th Advanced Tibetan Women’s Leadership Training

Registrations open; email now!

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 –, 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


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.