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TWA actions during the 32nd Kalachakra prayers for world peace

January 4, 2012

PRESS RELEASE:
 
 
Advocacy for Homeland and Action in Exile stand as the bottomline
 
 
 
Bodhgaya, January 2, 2012: The Tibetan Women’s Association and its global network of regional chapters are organizing a series of actions during the 32ndKalachakra initiation by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
 
Keeping Tibetans inside Tibet as the key audience, TWA has organized for a series of public talk catering to women from Tibet. The topics and speakers are; Women’s Reproductive Health by Doctor Konchuk Dorjee, Deleck Hospital, Parenting and Child care by Doctor Lhadon, Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute, Women and HIV AIDS by nurse Tsering Paldon and Phuntsok Choemphel, CHOICE. Alongside, TWA is distributing books and films that document the status of women inside and outside Tibet, plastic-free bags and flower seeds blessed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to visiting pilgrims from Tibet.
 
TWA also aim to achieve advocacy at the international level and is therefore launching a global climate action titled ‘Save Tibet the Third Pole.’ [1] A petition drive titled ‘Nomads for Planetary Third Pole’ is underway at the TWA booth at the main Kalachakra venue. While one petition is addressed to the Environment ministry of the ten downstream nations [2], the second petition to addressed to the Environment Ministry of People’s Republic of China. The petition urges the Chinese leadership to halt the forced eviction of nomads from the Tibetan plateau and thereby ensure environmental balance for Tibet’s fragile ecosystem.
 
Rallying along with the climate campaign, a climate conference titled ‘Tibet the Third Pole and its impact on Asia’s future’ will be held on Monday, January 9, 2012.  Organized by the Women’s Environment and Development Desk (WEDD) of TWA, with this conference we aim to discuss how in the age of climate change, Tibet’s environment is under threat thus posing greater threat to Asia and how this could be averted. The panel of experts include; Michael Buckley, traveller writer and filmmaker on Tibet, Mr. Vijay Kranti, Indian writer and journalist, Tenzin Norbu, head of the Environment and Development office of Central Tibetan Administration and Tenzin Dorjee, executive director of Students for a free Tibet (SFT).
 
Pertaining to TWA’s slogan; ‘Action in Exile’, 75 women members hailing from 30 regional chapters based in India and Nepal have been officially recruited by the Department of Security, CTA to provide security services during the Kalachakra teachings. The women members have also been embarking on a cleanliness drive at the reception center and at the make shift camp-sites that has huge concentration of women and children from Tibet.
 
On January 10, the central TWA and its regional chapters will offer Tenshug prayers for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the sacred Buddhist site of Bodhgaya.
 
Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) is the second largest Tibetan Non Governmental Organization (NGO) based in exile India and the only Women’s NGO in Tibetan history. We are today a 16,000 member organization with 56 chapters in four continents; Asia, US. Europe and Australia. TWA’s slogan is ‘Advocacy for Home’ and ‘ Action in Exile.’
 
Press Contacts:
 
Dolkar Lhamo Kirti: 0-9882291202
 
Samten Choedon:0-9418936118
 
Dhardon Sharling: 0-9418791189
 
 



[1] The campaign launch video and the petition are available on www.tibet3rdpole.org
 
[2] Eleven countries in Asia namely; China, India, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal receive water from Tibet’s rivers namely; Mekong, Yangtse and Salween in the east, Brahmaputra in the center, and Kamali, Indus and Sutlej in the west.

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"Advocacy for Home, Action in Exile'

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