Each day I am more impressed and motivated by the thriving community of Tibetan artists, careers centers, NGO’s, and resources and assistance available around this beautiful, hilly town.
Today I met with the Tibetan Women’s Association, which empowers Tibetan women living in communities not only in Dharamsala, but all across India and abroad. Seeing women working for women and ready to have frank and decisive discussion about the progression of their community always invigorates me, as well as further solidifies my belief in the power of women. No matter where you go in the world, small groups of strong, dedicated women working together create progressive environments that nurture and challenge. I am excited to learn more from TWA in the future.
Afterward, as per TWA’s suggestion, I crossed town to meet Dolker, a woman working at the Tibetan Career Center. With her firm gaze and unabashed discussion of women’s issues, violence against women, and the need for sex education, I stumbled upon another wonderful resource in the world of Tibetan women. She immediately had a handful of suggestions for me, from groups to check out to events for attending.
And after this, separate from Restored Voice Project, I received a request from the editor of Contact magazine to write a small piece on Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy’s 2012 report. I’m highly excited for the chance to report on human rights issues and to get involved with Contact.
This little city, though small, is bursting at the seams with activity. Every day I discover. And every day, more and more resources and inspirations offer themselves freely to further enrich the context of this book. Tomorrow, I meet with Sonam*, an ani-la who stays with Gu-Su-Chum. Another amazing story awaits.
* Reminder that these women are given the option of protecting their identity, in case their families back in Tibet could be at risk after the publication of Restored Voice. Aliases are optional, I am not giving full names publicly on this site, and photographs are thoroughly discussed and by no means obligatory.