By Central Tibetan Administration (December 17, 2013)
Gender Equality and Women Empowerment crucial for holistic social growth: Sikyong
DHARAMSHALA: The Central Tibetan Administration recognises the importance of gender equality and empowerment of women for an all-round development of the Tibetan community, said Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay at a three-day workshop on women empowerment which began this morning.
‘Leap to Lead’, a three-day empowerment workshop organised by the women’s empowerment desk of the Department of Finance, was inaugurated by Kalon Ngodup Drongchung of the Department of Security.
Twenty-eight Tibetan women representatives from 21 Tibetan settlements including four settlement officers attended the workshop.
Sikyong said that the Tibetan community has always held women in high esteem. We commemorate Tibetan women’s uprising day on 12 March every year to pay tribute to the sacrifices of Tibetan women during the uprising against the Chinese invasion in 1959.
Moreover, even in 1963 during the early stages of the Tibetan exile community, there were three women representing the three traditional provinces of Tibet in the Tibetan parliament,which clearly shows the participation of Tibetan women in mainstream politics much before some European countries, Sikyong added.
As for the Central Tibetan Administration, Sikyong said that we have always carried out our activities with respect towards gender equality and opportunity based on merit and service.
Currently, we have two female Kalons in the Kashag and an increasing number of Tibetan women civil servants, holding various ranks within the Tibetan administrative system, he said.
He also said that the present Kashag with its principle of unity which includes gender equality, have followed up on the women’s empowerment policy formulated by the previous Kashag. “We have made remarkable progress in women empowerment over the years including in education, job opportunities, etc,” he said.
Tenzin Tseyang, co-ordinator of the Women’s Empowerment desk, in a press release stated that this workshop aims to instill interest and confidence in the participants to take up leadership roles or initiatives for self and social development. It also aims to build women’s passion and therefore enhance commitment of women who are presently working in leadership positions.
“The CTA should make every effort to encourage more women to be elected as local settlement officers in the Tibetan settlements. The Kashag had passed an advisory guideline that 33% of the settlement officers will be women. Currently, we have only five women settlement officers. So, there is still a long way to go for us achieve this goal,” she said.
Resource persons for the workshop include Ms. Lynda Ongel Lepcha from Holistic training Solutions and Ms.Abha Bhaiya, founder of Jagori (one of the oldest Women’s Empowerment organizations in India).