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TWA elects its 9th Central Executive Body

April 17, 2009

By Phurbu Thinley
Phayul
April 16, 2009

Dharamsala, April 16 -- A Domed Deputy in the
Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile Dolkar Lhamo Kirti
was on Wednesday elected the new president of the
Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) as it concluded
its six-day 9th General Body meeting that started on Friday.

Samten Choedon, former President of RTWA,
Bylakoppe in South India, is TWA’s new Vice
President and Tsering Yangzom Oshoe is re-elected
as the association’s General Secretary for the second consecutive term.

Tenzin Dolma, former TWA executive member, Tenzin
Dhardon Sherling, former TWA working staff,
Tsering Kyi, former Miss Tibet (2003), currently
based in Dharamsala, Yangchen Wochutsang of
Switzerland, Tashi Dolma from Uttarkhand, India,
Kelsang Wangmo from Delhi and Passang Dolma,
former General Secretary of TWA and currently
based in New York, USA, are other newly elected members.

Dolkar, who already served as the association’s
president in the past, will now lead the 9th
Central Executive Working Committee (CEWC) of TWA
for a three-year term starting next month.

TWA’s charter allows a candidate to serve in its
central office for a maximum of two consecutive
terms and is eligible for re-election after a gap of three years.

The GBM is the highest decision making body of
TWA, and it alone is empowered to elect the
central executive members and also amend the
association’s working charter. The body elects
between 7 to 11 members for the central executive body.

The Organisation’s outgoing President Dr B.
Tsering earlier told Phayul that some 170 members
from 31 regional chapters, including Nepal and
USA, were participating in the ninth GBM that concluded yesterday.

TWA, headquartered in Dharamsala, is the largest
women’s organisation and the second largest NGO
in the exile Tibetan community. It claims to have
49 regional chapters and over 15, 000 members
worldwide, making it the second largest Tibetan
NGO, next only to the pro-independence Tibetan Youth Congress.

In her farewell speech, B. Tsering said that
accepting the challenge and the responsibility to
hold TWA’s leadership was a "unique opportunity"
as a Tibetan woman to contribute towards the
empowerment of Tibetan women and further towards empowering future Tibet.

Tsering urged members both at the centre and
regional levels to work in a spirit of mutual
cooperation and teamwork to meet TWA's goals. She
said she had great reserve of faith that the
newly elected members would produce the kind of
effective leadership that was expected at the
TWA’s central office and wished every success to them.

Every year on March 12, the association marks
Tibetan Women’s Uprising Day to commemorate the
Tibetan women’s massive demonstration against
Chinese rule in Lhasa on that day in 1959, two
days after the larger Tibetan National Uprising
Movement. Last month the association
simultaneously marked the 50th anniversary of the
women's uprising and the 25th founding
anniversary since its reinstatement in India in 1984.

Tibet was forcefully occupied by China after
Communist Chinese troops marched into Tibet in late 1949.

In 1959 the Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai
Lama fled Tibet following an aborted mass Tibetan
uprising in Lhasa against Communist China's continuing presence in Tibet.

TWA sturdily supports the exiled Tibetan leader
His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s "middle-Way" policy
that seeks "real and meaningful" autonomy instead
of outright independence for Tibet.

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