Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA), the second largest NGO in the Tibetan exile community concluded its ten-day Advanced Tibetan Women’s Leadership Training (ATWLT) in the Indian capital New Delhi on Wednesday.
In a release, TWA said that the second in the series of ATWLT witnessed in depth training and debate on topics such as personal effectiveness, time management, team building, goal setting, communication, media and digital empowerment, and building leadership skills.
The trainings were led by Vicki Robinson from Canada, Lynda O Lepcha from Holistic Training Solutions, and TWA trainers.
“The ten day leadership training consisted of practical experiences such as participating in live programmes at the studios of one of India’s leading news channels NDTV and visiting the Indian parliament to lobby Indian parliamentarians,” said Dhardon Sharling, media officer of the organisation in the release yesterday.
28 Tibetan women from different back grounds, including journalists, students, organisational leaders, and social activists attended the training held from November 21 – 30 at the Tibetan Youth Hostel, Rohini.
Eminent speakers such as Dr Kiran Bedi, Indian social activist and retired Indian Police Service officer, Youdon Aukatsang, Member of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Jaya Jaitley, political activist and former president of Samata Party, and Vinod Saighal, (Retd) Major General also presided over the training.
“Each of the speakers provided an earnest insight into the topic ‘Women’s Leadership in the 21st century, a Noble Achievement’ and received questions from the audience,” added the TWA Media Officer.
While urging the Tibetan women to empower themselves and challenge the hardships of irrational social norms, Dr Kiran Bedi lauded the Tibetan women for trying to rise up and resist the unnecessary social norms.
“I respect the way you are carving your life and fighting for your own value system,” Dr Bedi said.
“While men boast of the 3 Ms – muscle, money and mobility, women are bestowed with 3 Hs – head, heart and hand’,” Dr Kiran added.
Responding to a question on the dwindling Indian political support for the Tibetan cause, the former Indian police officer said that Tibetans in India were making outstanding contributions to their host country and urged all the Tibetans to emulate the Dalai Lama.
“You should all be Dalai Lamas in India and make India proud,” Dr Bedi said.
Youdon Aukatsang stressed on the future imperatives of Tibetan leadership and called for a stronger presence of more women leaders.
“It’s time for women to lead from the back and the front and thereby fit into all realms of the political arena,” Aukatsang said.
The event also witnessed the launching of three TWA publications: ‘Purging the Treasure House: Displacement and the Status of the Tibetan Nomad’ and the Tibetan and English version of ‘DOLMA magazine: the Intellectual Expression of and for Tibetan Women.’