Tibetan women in-exile hail silver jubilee of their association in Dharamsala

September 10th, 2009 - 9:15 pm ICT by ANI  

Dharamsala, Sep 10(ANI): The Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA), a group working for Tibetan women and raising awareness at various platforms about their condition in Tibet, celebrated their silver jubilee in exile in Dharamsala on Thursday.

The TWA was founded in 1959 in Tibet and has kept a low profile ever since the Dalai Lama fled from their homeland with his followers.

It was officially reinstated in India on September 10, 1984, and currently has 12 chapters across the country.

Speaking to reporters on the occasion, Gyari Dolma, Vice Chairperson of Tibetan Parliament in-exile, said that the Tibetans living all over the globe have an emotional bonding with the women living in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and the TWA is working for them.

“I would like to tell the Tibetan women inside Tibet that the association represents them as much as us, in whatever step we take, whatever decision we make, they are always in our hearts and in our minds,” Dolma said.

Many consider that it is important for the young generation of Tibetans to stay connected to their traditions and cultural heritage so that they still behold the dream of going back to Lhasa.

“I think its very obvious that the Tibetan people, the Tibetan women today specially really want to go back to a free Tibet. They haven’t forgotten all the horrible events that took place. It’s very much reminded to them, by all the photographs and books and movies and so on,” said Kasur Rinchen Khando, founder President of TWA.

“So, I think it’s very important that these young ladies are very active still and it’s a great message for people in Tibet,” Khando added.

The TWA has its headquarters in Mcleodganj and works specifically for the causes of Tibetan women. (ANI)

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