Leh, Ladakh: - The Tibetan Women's Association and its global network of regional chapters said they have 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.
"TWA 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,' the group said in a statement.
On July 5, a public talk titled 'Significance of Women's Political Participation in Exile Tibetan Democracy was held in the region,' the group has said. Speaker of Tibetan Parliament in Exile (TPIE), Mr. Penpa Tsering, Member of TPIE and women empowerment activist Ms. Dhardon Sharling and others engaged the mass audience on the vitals of democracy-women's political participation.
On July 7 and 8, TWA also said they have 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 said it 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.
The group said that 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.'