First official “Tibetan Women’s Day” tomarrow

Mar 11, 2017 17:50 | Tibet News

Dharamshala (Arvind Sharma )

Tibetan spiritual leader  Dalai Lama will make His presence in  the first official “Tibetan Women’s Day” event being organised by the Central Tibetan Administration CTA at main Tibetan temple Tsuglagkhang  Dharamshala, on Sunday , the 12 March .

In a press release issued by the CTA in Dharamshala , it is said that the official observing of Tibetan Women’s Day is to strengthen the steadfast commitment of the Central Tibetan Administration in recognising and empowering Tibetan women and enabling them to fully participate and contribute towards the advancement of Tibetan society.

In December 2016, His Holiness the Dalai Lama conferred the historic Geshema degree to twenty Buddhist nuns in a step aimed at heralding gender equality in education and economic opportunities.

The Tibetan Government in Exile at Dharamshala ,further unveiled a revised version of the ‘Tibetan Women’s Empowerment Policy’ and subsequently convened the first ever ‘Tibetan Women’s Empowerment Conference’ in  February this year.  It was aimed at realizing His Holiness’ vision of seeing Tibetan women contribute to global and peaceful leadership in the 21st century.

The Exiled government  then designated 12 March every year as ‘Tibetan Women’s Day’ to achieve socio-political empowerment of Tibetan women.

Dalai Lama  has lauded the Kashag for its consistent efforts in empowering women and further declared that “time has come for Tibetan women who have both the potential and the opportunity to express their leadership prowess to contribute towards global peace and harmony.”

12 March is a significant date, as on 12 March 1959, Tibetan women in Tibet stood united against the Chinese communist regime’s unlawful occupation of Tibet. This marked the first Tibetan Women’s Uprising day and Tibetan women continue to be at the forefront of the non-violent Tibetan freedom struggle.