Dharamsala: Deputy speaker Dolma Tsering Teykhang of the 17th parliament in Exile was one of the four panelists to speak on the ” International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women” organized by the Women’s Empowerment Desk, Department of Finance (CTA) on 25th November 2021.
The Dy. Speaker in her keynote address chose to share her experience in life as a mother and a teacher in nurturing a child with love and care in a family which is base of all happy society. Citing a reading from the book of a renowned social reformer Acharya Vinoba Bhave, she said that sin and disease if concealed would multiply and spread within you, in the same way, Sexual and Gender-based violence is both sin and disease of the society if concealed could spread within society and therefore to eradicate this social evil from our society to talk about such happening is important to build awareness.
She further stated that in our just struggle if a child is spoiled or goes off the track it is a big loss to our struggle hence, she urged all the CTA staff to take the responsibility of guiding others in our community in building a congenial family with mutual trust and respect between the parents to create a favorable atmosphere for the overall growth of the child where the child feels safe to share everything with the parents. She also stressed that the mental peace of the child is more important than the outer facilities to pursue the child’s learning and to maintain his self-esteem within his peer group. To be a leader in life one must be devoid of all fear of violence and judgments, to be able to face challenges and lead others with the vision which must start from home.
Talking about the Zero Tolerance Policy on violence against women in Tibetan society and having installed a helpline within Women’s Empowerment Desk in collaboration with TWA, she stressed that the policy should match with the action when such cases arise that would build the trust in the victims to come forward to use the helpline. She also urged the staff to read the New Education Policy which forbids competition and encourages teachers to scale the success of a child on its own outcome. In the conclusion, she hoped that she is looking forward to seeing male speakers talk on women’s issues in the years to come.
The other three panelists who spoke at the event were Ms. Nandita Bhatt of Martha Farrell Foundation, Ms. Dukdhen Kyi, Human Rights Desk (CTA), and Ms. Tenzin Kaysang, Co-founder of Drogmo.
The event was also attended by Sikyong Penpa Tsering, Kalon Gyari Dolma, Kalon Tharlam Dolma, Kalon Norzin Dolma, dignitaries, and staff members of the Central Tibetan Administration.
-Report filed by Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat