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The Tibetan Women's Association (TWA) was originally founded on March 12, 1959 in Tibet. On this day, thousands of Tibetan women in Lhasa gathered together to protest against the illegal occupation of Tibet by the Communist China. Potesting peacefully outside the Potala Palace, many of these women suffered brutally at the hands of the Chinese troops. They were arrested, imprisoned, tortured and beaten without trial. 

A period of transition for TWA followed this uprising when many Tibetan women were forced to flee Tibet to live in exile in India. From 1959 to 1984 many Tibetan women’s groups were established in India such as in Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Dharamsala, and Rajpur. Some of these groups initiated handicraft centers for women in their localities. These handicraft centers helped not only to preserve the arts and crafts of Tibet, but also imparted skills to Tibetan women so that they can earn their livelihood during the early refugee life.

On the 10th of Septemeber 1984, with the blessings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Women’s Association was officially reinstated with 12 branches throughout India. Today, the TWA has over 13,000 members and 47  branches worldwide including India, Nepal, Europe, Japan, the United States of America and Canada. TWA sees itself as the natural continuation of our many brave sisters who sacrificed their lives for the freedom and protection of Tibet.

TWA’s main objective is to raise public awareness of the abuses faced by Tibetan women in Chinese-occupied Tibet. Through extensive publicity and involvement in national and international affairs, TWA alerts communities to the gender-specific human rights abuses committed against Tibetan women in the form of forced birth control policies such as sterilizations and abortions, and restrictions on religious, political, social and cultural freedoms.

In exile, TWA places great priority on the contributions of Tibetan women towards the preservation and promotion of the distinct religion, culture and identity of the Tibetan people. TWA serves the Tibetan community as a whole with activities addressing religious and cultural issues, educational needs, social welfare, the environment and the political participation and social empowerment of women

— President

Aims and Objectives

  • To raise global awareness of the critical situation inside Tibet, and to exert international pressure for the improvement of Human Rights conditions for Tibetans living in occupied Tibet.

  • Social, political and economic empowerment of women in exile.

  • Addressing the drastic human rights abuses committed against Tibetan women in Tibet including rape, physical violence, and the denial of fundamental reproductive, religious and political freedoms.

  • To join hands with the women of the world to promote peace and justice for all.

  • To ensure Tibetan women have access to adequate educational information about health care, childcare and family planning.

  • Preservation and promotion of Tibetan culture, language, tradition and the arts through community education, literacy and publications.

  • Assisting the needy in the community through sponsorship programs that help to support economically disadvantaged families, single parents, children, nuns, the handicapped, the sick and the elderly.

Organisational Structure

In 1984 the Tibetan Women’s Association held its first General Conference in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India. It was attended by representatives from 12 TWA branches across India. Today, the number of branches has grown to 38 worldwide. 

TWA functions as a democratic organization. The members of the Central as well as the Regional Working Committees are elected by their respective members for a fixed term. The headquarters of TWA is in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala and it is from here that TWA issues guidelines and directives to the branch offices for the coordination of their activities.


:: Central Executive Members Year 2006-2009
1. B. Tsering Yeshi
2. Tenzin Bhuti
3. Tsering Yangzom Oshoe
General Secretary
4. Tamdin Dolma
Joint Secretary
5. Tsering Deckyi
International Information Secretary
6. Tenzin Dolma
Information Secretary
7. Yeshi Dolma
Outstation Executive, D'sala
8. Tsering Tsomo Chatsug
Outstation Executive, New Delhi
9. Dolma Yangchen
Outstation Executive, Bylakuppe
10. Tashi Dolma
Outstation Executive, Dekyiling
11. Tsering Yangzom
Outstation Executive, Orissa

Former Executives

:: Central Executive Members Year 1985-1988
1. Rinchen Khando Choegyal
2. Tsering Dolma Gyalthong
3. Tading Choekyi Andrugtsang
General Secretary
4. Pema Dechen Gorab
Special Assistant
5. Tsetan Namgyal
6. Choekyi Namseling
7. Dawa Seldon Ghadong
Assistant Treasurer

:: Central Executive Members Year 1988-1991
1. Rinchen Khando Choegyal
2. Pema Dechen Gorab
3. Tading Choekyi Andrugtsang
General Secretary
4. Tsetan Dolkar Oshoe
Joint Secretary/Treasurer
5. Tsering Dolma Gyaltong
Special Assistant
6. Paldon
7. Tsering Dolkar
8. Tsering Lhamo
9. Rinchen Palmo
10. Chonei S. Tsering

:: Central Executive Members Year 1991-1994
1. Rinchen Khando Choegyal
President (Till June 1993)
2. Sonam Lhamo Singeri
Vice-President (Till June 1992)
3. Ngawang Lhamo Kabnag
General Secretary
4. Tsetan Dolkar Oshoe
Joint Secretary
5. Tsering Dolma Gyalthong
Vice President (From June To October,1992)
President (From 1993 To 1994)
6. Tsering Norzom
Public Relation Officer
7. Dolma Tsering
Public Relation Officer
8. Tenzin Kyizom
9. Lhakpa Dolma
10. Ven. Thubten Norzin
11. Paldon
12. Yangdon Demo
13. Yangchen Lakar

:: Central Executive Members Year 1994-1997
1. Tsering Norzom Thonsur
President (From December 1994 To Oct.1995)
2. Tsering Tsomo
Vice-President (From Dec. 1994 To Oct. 1995)
President (From Oct. 1995 To March, 1997)
3. Ngawang Lhamo Kabnag
General Secretary
4. Ven. Lobsang Dechen
Nuns Project
5. Yangdon Demo
Accountant (From April, 1994 To June, 1995)
6. Domo Tsomo Phegyal
Vice President (From Oct. 1994 To March,1997)
7. Tsering Choedon Arya
Joint Secretary (From April, 1996 To March, 1997)
8. Sherab Dolma
9. Chonie S. Tsering
PROr, Outstanding Executive, Bylakuppe
10. Pelkyi
Outstation Executive, Shillong
11. Yeshi Lhamo
Outstation Executive, Kathmandu

:: Central Executive Members Year 1997-2000
1. Tading Choekyi Andrugtsang
2. Tsephel Sadutsang
Vice-President (From April,1997 To June,1997)
3. Phurbu Dolma Paljor
General Secretary (From April,1997 To Nov.1998)
4. Ven. Tenzin Tselha Simo
Joint Secretary
5. Tsering Choedon Arya
Executive Accountant
6. Tashi Dolma
7. Mrs. Tsering Tsomo
Information Officer, Outstanding Executive, Delhi
8 Mrs. Phuntsok Dolkar
Outstation Executive, Dekyling
9 Mrs. Dolkar
Outstation Executive, Dhondupling

:: Central Executive Members Year 2000-2003
1. Dolkar Lhamo
2. Tashi Dolma
3. Tsering Choedon Arya
General Secretary (From April,2000 To April,2002)
4. Ven. Tenzin Telha Simo
Additional Secretary (From April,2000 To June,2002)
5. Passang Dolma
Joint Secretary (From April,2000 To April,2002)
General Secretary (From April, 2002 To April, 2003)
6. Tsetan Dolkar Oshoe
Outstation Executive, D'sala
7. Chonie S. Tsering
PRO Outstation Executive, Bylakuppe
8. Youdon Aukatsang
International Relations Outstanding Executive, D'sala
9. Tashi Choedon
Information Secretary Outstanding Executive, D'sala
10. Tsering Choezom
PRO Outstation Executive, Mundgod
11. Namgyal Dolma
PRO Outstation Executive, Mundgod


:: Central Executive Members Year 2003-2006

1. B. Tsering Yeshi
2. Phurbu Dolma
3. Passang Dolma
General Secretary
4. Tenzin Bhuti
Joint Secretary
5. Tamdin Dolma
Information Secretary
6. Yeshi Dolma
PRO Outstation Executive (D'sala)
7. Tsering Dickyi
PRO Outstation Executive (Delhi)

Regional Branches

  • Australia
  • Bylakuppe
  • Bir
  • Bhandara
  • Tenzin Gang, Bomdila
  • Calgary (Canada)
  • Quebec (Canada)
  • Vancouver (Canada)
  • Ontario (Canada)
  • Darjeeling
  • Dalhousie
  • Dekyiling
  • Delhi
  • Dharamsala
  • Dhondupling
  • England
  • Gangtok
  • Herbertpur
  • Haridawar
  • Hunsur
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kalimpong
  • Kathmand
  • Ladakh
  • Mundgod
  • Mainpat
  • Manali
  • Mussoorie
  • Miao
  • Nainital
  • Orissa
  • Puruwala
  • Paonta Sahib
  • Pokhara Tashi Palkhiel
  • Pandoh Tashiling
  • Pokhara Tashiling
  • Rajpur
  • Rawangla
  • Shillong
  • Shimla
  • Switzerland
  • Tezu
  • USA Minnesota
  • USA New York
  • USA Colorado
  • Varanasi

A Final Word

The Tibetan Women’s Association would like to express a heartfelt thanks and eternal gratitude to our many well wishers and supporters who continue to show solidarity during this darkest period of Tibet’s history. Your support is a constant source of strength and we sincerely thank you. Together we will continue to fight for peace and justice for Tibet.

For further information please contact our central office.