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TWA convenes 10th Working Committee Meeting

July 19, 2010

Phayul
July 16, 2010

Manali, July 16 -- The 10th Working Committee
Meeting (WCM) of The Tibetan Women's Association
began today at Ram Park’s Forest auditorium here.
The opening ceremony was attended as the Chief
guest of honour by Kirti Rinpoche, a former
cabinet minister in the exile Tibetan Government
and head of the Kirti monastery. "Since time
immemorial, the role of Tibetan women in building
Tibetan society in every facet of life has been
commendable; from early Tibet, through 1959, the
1995 protests in Beijing until the present," Rinpoche said.

Furthermore, Rinpoche emphasized: "Tibetan women
have innate leadership qualities in them and
therefore should continue to be the architects of
a strong and empowering Tibetan society."

The first Working Committee Meeting took place in
Dharamsala in 1985, a year after the
re-establishment of Tibetan Women’s Association
in exile India. Mid-way through their term,
executive members of the Central and Regional
chapters of TWA congregate to assess the
initiatives undertaken since the prior meeting
and strategize for future activities of the organization.

"During the first two days of this years’ Working
Committee Meeting, executives from the central
and regional chapters will brief their cohort on
the various activities their respective chapters
have carried out over the past 16 months, since
the newly elected executive members have assumed
office. In keeping with the principles of
transparency and accountability, representatives
will disclose their project and financial
activities and open the floor to questions from
their peers," said Dhardon Sharling of TWA.

In addition, the meeting attendees will review
and evaluate the progress of resolutions tabled
during the 9th General Body Meeting (GBM). TWA’s
General Body Meeting is held once every three
years, and brings together members of TWA to
democratically elect the Executive members of the
Central TWA office for a term of 3 years. The
most recent 9th GBM took place in April last year
and elected an executive body that will complete their term in April 2012.

The final three days of the Working Committee
Meeting will serve as a period of visioning and
planning, where participating members will
discuss the agendas that the central TWA have
procured and through consensus, pass new
resolutions to be implemented for the next 20 months of their tenure.

TWA’s president Kirti Dolkar Lhamo stated, "The
commitment shown by the Executive members of the
regional chapters in India and Nepal towards the
organizational efficiency of TWA is overwhelming
and strengthening.” However, she also lamented,
“It is unfortunate that our eight chapters in the
USA, Europe, Australia and Taiwan could not
participate in this meeting, but in an inclusive
effort, we will convene an online meeting with
them upon our return from Manali."

Aside from the organizational planning involved
in Working Committee Meeting, Dhardon says, this
year’s gathering is highlighted with the added
focus on our Kalon Tripa election campaign. "Post
the successful completion of the mass ‘Mock
Election’ for the Kalon Tripa, held on July 6th
in 40 regions across six countries, the executive
members of regional chapters of TWA have brought
along the sealed ballots to the 10th WCM of TWA.
On the 22nd of July, in the presence of prominent
members from other organizations, the Executive
members will make an aggregate and a transparent
counting of the votes.” The central TWA will
analyse the voter turnout and construct a needs
assessment of the eligible voters of the July 6 Mock Election, she added.

TWA will produce a short documentary film that
portrays the status and preparedness of the
Tibetan electorate accompanied by a detailed
report entitled "Mock Election and its Findings."

The report will also profile all the names of the
winning candidates voted during the Mock
Election. Both the report and the film will be
launched on September 10th this year, on the
occasion of the 26th anniversary of TWA’s re-founding in exile.
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