By Tenzin Nyidon
DHARAMSHALA, March 8: In celebration of International Women’s Day on Wednesday, the Central Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA), along with the Regional Tibetan Women’s Association of Dharamshala, paid a special tribute to Tibetan women who have made significant contributions in the field of social, economic, cultural, and political spaces.
Honouring the plight of Tibetan women inside Tibet by recognising the discrimination that they suffer was the highlight of the program, followed by a dance and singing performance by the members. The performances however, did not deliver any clear message about the current situation of Tibetan women or how they are denied their fundamental rights by China.
Speaking to Phayul about the theme of the event, #EmbraceEquity, the Vice-President of TWA, Tsering Dolma said, “We need to recognise the importance of equity when giving women’s rights and equality. Equity leads to equality.”
Talking about the importance of equity and equality, Tsering further added, “Today, with the blessings of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tibetan women in an exile community enjoy equal rights; however, the situation inside Tibet is different and Tibetan women are discriminated against because of their nationality.”
Concluding the program, the head of the TWA urged the public to look at China’s unjust treatment of Tibetans, which she said is a serious and a constant reminder that there is still much work to do.