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Department of Finance Organises Symposium On Tibetan Women Empowerment

March 7, 2010

Central TIbetan Administration (CTA)
March 4, 2010,

Dharamshala -- A two-day deliberation on how to
facilitate and empower Tibetan women to take full
and active participation in social, political and
economic and other administrative activities in
the exile community started this morning at Gangchen Kyishong.

Around 40 women participants and representatives
from departments and offices of the Central
Tibetan Administration are taking part in the
first-ever symposium on women empowerment from 4
– 5 March. It is an initiative of the Social and
Resource Development Fund (SARD) under the
supervision of the Kashag and Department of Finance.

On 2 September 2008, the incumbent 13th Kashag
laid down policy vision for the empowerment of
Tibetan women in the diaspora. SARD has been
initiating a series of programmes including
trainings, discussions, workshops and
counsellings to educate and encourage Tibetan
women to take more proactive role at various administrative levels.

In his keynote address to the participants, Kalon
Tripa Prof Samdong Rinpoche said since the
beginning of human civilization in Tibet,
Tibetans in their entire history have not
experienced problems such as gender inequality or
gender oppression and exploitation. Particularly
since the spread of Buddhism in Tibet, the
importance of gender equality explained in
Buddhist teachings have flourished in Tibet, and
continue to do so even to this day, he added.

Kalon Tripa stressed that the "core objective of
the women empowerment programme is not to demand
rights for the women, but to invoke and activate
the inherent power of womanhood”.

"The idea of Tibetan women empowerment is provide
equal opportunity to women so that they do not
lack behind in taking up their share of universal
responsibility,” Kalon Tripa said.

Kalon Tripa presented the proportion of male and
female participation in the Central Tibetan
Administration and in various regional level institutions.

The total number of official civil servants is
464 out of which the male and female ratio is
309/155. Out of total of more than 700 staff
working in Tibetan settlement offices in India
and Nepal, the ratio is 446/274. The strength of
women in the governing bodies of cooperative
societies is low which is only 25 against 229
men. The figure is also at the low of 16 against
190 in Rawang Denpai Legul Tsokchung. Out of 206
local leaders (gyapon) only 24 are women.

Kalon Tripa said emphasis must be laid on efforts
to increase the number of Tibetan women's
participation in the Tibetan parliament, local
Tibetan assemblies, board of directors of
cooperative societies, Rawang Denpai Legul
Tsokchung and local leadership in Tibetan
settlements in India, Nepal and Bhutan.

He emphasised that there should be some tangible
increase in the number of Tibetan women
participation in these institutions within a span of next 10 years.

A group of panelists, including Dr Juile
Thekkudan of Society for Participatory Research
in Asia, Ms Dolkar Wangmo, counselor at the
department of education and Ms Tenzin Dhardon
Sharling, research and media officer at the
Tibetan Women's Association, will preside over a panel discussion.

Kasur Jetsun Pema, Kasur Rinchen Khando and Mr
Jampel Choesang, Chief Election Commissioner and
Chairman of Public Service Commission were present at the inaugural session.
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