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His Holiness with the organisers of the first Tibetan Women's Empowerment Conference on Feb. 23, 2017. Photo: OHHDL

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Dharamshala —The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that Tibetan women have the emotional and intellectual capacity to contribute to world peace through compassionate leadership.

The participants of the first Tibetan Women's Empowerment Conference were granted a special audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Thursday morning, February 23, 2017.

At an hour-long audience, His Holiness lauded Kashag's efforts in bringing out a revised version of 'Women's Empowerment Policy' and in organizing the conference to educate the public on the policy, and solicit suggestions to ensure its effective implementation. His Holiness advised that the bottom-line is implementation, which can be achieved by both political will and a steadfast commitment of every individual who should exercise their agency.

His Holiness lamented on the global state of affairs where violence and strife are the norm and cited lack of compassionate upbringing and ethical mental disposition as causes for the perpetuation of violence.

His Holiness expressed his conviction in the possibility of a peaceful world with women holding the mantle of leadership. "It is scientifically proven that women are innately more sensitive, emotionally resilient, compassionate and altruistic and such leadership qualities will engender peace, security and stability in the world."

His Holiness further commented that Tibetan women have the emotional and intellectual capacity to contribute to world peace through compassionate leadership, which can be further strengthened by harnessing the potential of teachings of our rich culture and religion.

"Time has come for Tibetan Women who have both the potential and the opportunity to express their leadership prowess to contribute to global peace and harmony," said His Holiness.

After the audience, a brief ceremony was held at the Tibetan Medical Institute to mark the successful conclusion of the first ever Tibetan Women's Empowerment Conference.

Chief guest of the closing ceremony, Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, reiterated the Kashag's commitment towards making the Tibetan women equal partners in all aspects of Tibetan society.

Sikyong observed that women's empowerment will become a reality only if there is a change in the attitude and habit of each individual including both women and men. He hoped that in future, more women leaders will contribute and spearhead the Tibetan political movement.

Kalon Karma Yeshi, Department of Finance, CTA delivered special remarks on the Conference deliberation, saying that the recommendations drawn upon the seven-point Women Empowerment Policy will be discussed for approval in the upcoming third session of the 16th Tibetan parliament in March 2017.

The three-day Tibetan Women's Empowerment conference–an undertaking of Women's Empowerment Desk of Department of Home­–began on 21 February, with an inspiring participation of more than 340 women and men, from across the social and political spectrum. 

 

The conference featured four plenary sessions in which the participants along with drafting committee members of Women's Empowerment Policy held active discussions on women's role in Governance and Leadership, Mainstreaming Gender Perspectives into the Development Process, Achieving Social Empowerment of Women and Tackling Sexual and Gender Based Violence.

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