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Tibetan Women's Assiciation in Dharamsala,india

The Tibetan Women's Association (TWA) was originally founded onMarch 12, 1959 in Tibet.On this day, thousands of Tibetan women in Lhasa gathered together to protestagainst the illegal occupation of Tibet by Communist China. Protesting peacefully outside the Potala Palace, many of these women suffered brutally at the hands of the Chinese troops. They were arrested, imprisoned, tortured and beaten without trial.

A period of transition for TWA followed this uprising when many Tibetan women were forced to flee Tibet to live in exile in India. From 1959 to 1984 many Tibetan women's groups were established in India, such as in Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Dharamsala, and Rajpur. Some of these groups initiated handicraft centers for women in their localities. These handicraft centers helped not only to preserve the arts and crafts of Tibet, but also imparted skills to Tibetan women so that they can earn their livelihood during the early refugee life.

On the 10th of Septemeber 1984, with the blessings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Women's Association was officially reinstated with 12 branches throughout India. Today, the TWA has over 13,000 members and 47 branches worldwide including branches in: India, Nepal, Europe, Japan, the United States of America and Canada. TWA sees itself as the natural continuation of our many brave sisters who sacrificed their lives for the freedom and protection of Tibet.

TWA's main objective is to raise public awareness of the abuses faced by Tibetan women in Chinese-occupied Tibet. Through extensive publicity and involvement in national and international affairs, TWA alerts communities to the gender-specific human rights abuses committed against Tibetan women in the form of forced birth control policies such as sterilizations and abortions, and restrictions on religious, political, social and cultural freedoms.

In exile, TWA places great priority on the contributions of Tibetan women towards the preservation and promotion of the distinct religion, culture and identity of the Tibetan people. TWA serves the Tibetan community as a whole with activities addressing religious and cultural issues, educational needs, social welfare, the environment and the political participation and social empowerment of women.

To best achieve our goals, TWA functions as a democratic organization. The members of the Central as well as the Regional Working Committees are elected by their respective members for a fixed term. The headquarters of TWA is in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, and it is from here that TWA issues guidelines and directives to the branch offices for the coordination of their activities.


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Hi Yangdol, Thank you for

Hi Yangdol,

Thank you for sharing this information regarding the Tibetan Women's Association. I was just reading yesterday in the news about the latest increase of Chinese troops in Tibetan areas and the Tibetan people have been in my thoughts these last few days, so it was encouraging to stumble across your profile and journals - especially to read about this organization.

I taught English in Kunming, China last year. While it was a good experience and I met many warm and generous Chinese people, there were some issues that I could not look past. Especially the issue with Tibet. This time last year when the "riots" occurred in Tibet, I was shocked by the attitude of my students towards Tibetans (mostly hatred). However a lot of their attitudes came from the media that was completely one-sided and controlled by the government. It was nearly impossible to find any accurate reporting as the Internet is also so controlled there. Sometimes I could access articles in the New York Times (which is not completely un-biased either), but any website of a human rights organization was blocked. I was also warned by others that I could lose my teaching job at the university if I defended the Tibetans. So rather than speaking to my students about this issue, I taught them the use and value of critical thinking - a concept that was very new to them.

Before I came back to the United States, I traveled to Zhongdian, a Tibetan community in northern Yunnan and visited the Ganden Sumtseling Monastery. Visiting this region was a highlight in my experience in China.

It's wonderful to have you as a member of PulseWire, and as such an active voice! I hope to learn more about the work you do, about your people and the issues that you face.

Warm regards,

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Dear Jade

It is realy so nice to hear from you and i am really happy to hear that you are aware of the real situation in China and Tibet. It is really so critical and devastating situation now in tibet, more Chinese troops are deploying in Tibet. People are under constant threat of army and martial law. Last year's military crackdown in Tibet was so really inhuman and out of mind act.
Chinese government manipulates and spreads lies about Tibet and its occupation and they use various propagandas to mask /paint their dirty image to the world. I am really so concerned over the people who are living inside Tibet. They are one who are suffering under the rigid communist regime.

Well, if have finished my Master Degree last year and then i was elected the general Secretary of National Democratic Party of Tibet, it is a NGO and we function as a NGO.

it is nice to hear from you and please try to create more awareness of Tibet issues in and around your area. Please speak the truth.

With best wishes


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Invisible Tibet

It is such a joy to welcome you to our community. I so applaud the efforts of courageous women like you, who dare to speak out and in turn, educate us on the challenges and issues facing women in Tibet day-to-day.

As Tibetans, you are intimidated into being silent and invisible yet when you are given a voice, you have the ability to start movements, reform laws and transform lives. On PulseWire, you will find women who have dared to speak out and are making connections crossing oceans, continents, and cultural barriers to change the way we live. You are now a member of this vibrant community and I look forward to reading more about your passions, ideas, concerns and dreams. I know that you will find this to be a positive experience.

I would also like to draw people's attention to blogger, Tsering Woeser ( who is a fierce critic of Chinese rule in the deeply Buddhist Himalayan region. Although, her blog appears in Chinese, you can find translations of her posts on other sites. Her courage in speaking out for her fellow citizens is inspiring and along with people such as yourself, is helping educate the world on the true nature of the Chinese occupation and repression of the Tibetan people. You can read more about her at:

I look forward to reading more from you, Yangdol and wish you all the every best in your efforts to give voice to the many who have been silent or oppressed for too long. In spirited sisterhood,
PulseWire Community Director

"We will surely get to our destination if we join hands."
Aung San Suu Kyi

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Thank you for your mail and best wishes.
here, in dharamala, we are so busy with the 50th anniversary of Tibetan pain, struggle and resistance.
I am a tibetan woman and it is my reponsibility to represent tibetan women to the world and speak for ourselves.
So many atrocious things are happening in Tibet without the world knowledge. It has to stop and i am going to share an speak it to the pulseWire family. I will.

Wish you have a good day

Free Tibet and Free China


Dear Tibet is not invisible but Chinese Governmnet made it to create an image for themselves. Sun will shine one day in Tibet.


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