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Kashag Outlines Policies on Women Empowerment

October 16, 2008
October 15, 2008

Dharamshala -- The Kashag (Cabinet) of the Central Tibetan
Administration on Tuesday outlined an eight-point policy to empower
Tibetan women's equal participation in the successful establishment
of non-violent and democratic Tibetan community as envisioned by His
Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The Kashag underscored the need to strengthen women's role in the
administrative and politics of the democratic Tibetan community
during this year's democracy day celebration.

Although no gender discrimination of any kind have taken place in the
history of Tibet, the Kashag said the need to empower Tibetan women
has become clearly pertinent since women lag behind their male
counterparts in taking part in administration and politics in the
exile community.

The policy will focus on providing necessary assistance and
facilities to the Tibetan nuns to undertake and make progress in the
field of higher studies in religious studies. The Kashag will
continue the on-going efforts on reviving the Bhikshuni ordination of
Tibetan nuns.

Under its new policy, the Kashag will study the number of Tibetan
women's participation in various regional administrative institutions
such as local Tibetan assemblies, board of directors of co-operative
societies and Rawang Denpai Legul Tsokchung and group leaders in the
Tibetan settlements based in India, Nepal and Bhutan. Accordingly,
efforts will be made in encouraging and increasing the number of
their participation.

It emphasizes that the Tibetan settlements should make efforts in
having women as representatives and welfare officers.

To provide equal opportunities for school graduates in selecting
their courses for further studies and for those who are opting for
jobs, the Central Tibetan Administration will take note of career
counseling in the respective schools.

It will make efforts to implement the provision enshrined in the
Basic Education Policy for Tibetans in Exile that "priority shall be
given to female candidates for the posts of pre-primary teacher and assistant."

The new policy will lay special consideration on the health of mother
and child in order to develop a future posterity with good morals and
facilitate a steady growth on population. Moreover, special workshops
and necessary facilities will be given to those women who have formed
their new families to help them become good mothers.

The policy emphasizes that girls' team in sports should be developed
at same level as that of boys in schools.

It also underlines the need to conduct workshops for the general
public to explain the objectives of the policy to empower women.
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