1st ‘Tibetan Women’s Empowerment Conference’ started in Dharamshala


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Dharamshala, February 21, 2017: The Tibetan elected PM in exile (Sikyong )Dr Lobsang Sangay said, “ organizing the 1st ‘Tibetan Women’s Empowerment Conference’ , is a right direction step to carry forward the shared vision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration to promote leadership and compassionate qualities of women in social and political development of the Tibetan community.”
Dr Lobsang Sangay was speaking at the inauguration of the first ever ‘Tibetan Women’s Empowerment Conference’, being conducted at Tibetan Sectrtariete (Gangchen Kyishong) at Mecleodganj Dharamshala on 21 February 2017. 340 participants, including Tibetan nuns, lay women and men, from across the social and political spectrum are gathered here in this conference, which is being organized by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA).
Sikyong also lauded Tibetan women’s crucial role in safeguarding Tibet’s unique and rich religious, linguistic and cultural traditions beginning from the non-violent Tibetan women’s uprising against the repressive policies of the Chinese government on 12 March 1959.
Highlighting the consistent increase in representation of women in Tibetan administrative bodies, Sikyong said that the vision of the conference is aimed beyond gender equality and on furthering women’s role in all socio-economic and political activities.
“The Charter for Tibetans in exile and CTA rules and regulations provide for equal opportunity for men and women. Women parliamentarians were elected as early as 1964 when even some advanced economies still did not have women parliamentarians. In fact, today women constitute over 20% of the elected representatives in the Tibetan parliament. Women now make up forty-five percent of the overall workforce of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA). Forty-eight and sixty percent of the staff of Education and Health departments respectively are women. Over half of all new and incoming CTA staff are women,” Sikyong prided.
As part of its commitment on women empowerment, the Tibetan political leader also announced that 12 March on every year will formally be observed as Women’s day. “The observance of Tibetan Women’s Day on 12 March will reflect the collective will of the Tibetan leadership and people to accelerate the Women’s Empowerment Policy agenda. Also with the implementation of affirmative action through various upcoming initiatives, the departments of CTA will continue to prioritise Tibetan women’s empowerment initiatives as its flagship agenda,” he said.
Introducing the background and objective of the three-day conference, Kalon Sonam Topgyal Khorlatsang of the Home Department said the conference aims to rake in intellectual and public discourse on the understanding of the revised ‘Women’s Empowerment Policy’ and to garner recommendations on the effective implementation of the clauses of the policy.
The inaugural ceremony was attended by many Tibetan Government heads like, Chief Justice Commissioner Kargyu Dhondup, Justice Commissioners Ngawang Choedak Choetri Tengpa and Dr Ngawang Rabgyal, Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, Deputy Speaker Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok, members of the Kashag and officials at the helm of the Central Tibetan Administration.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017