About the Tibetan Nun Project:
In the mid 80s, under the auspices of the Department of Religion and Culture of the 14th Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Women's Association, the Tibetan Nuns Project (TNP) was established to assist refugee nuns from Tibet and to improve the overall status and level of ordained Tibetan women.
The Tibetan Nuns Project works to:
Contribute to the preservation of Tibetan cultural and religious traditions.
Improve the health and living conditions of Tibetan nuns in exile.
Provide traditional as well as modern education for Tibetan women.
Provide highly-educated female teachers to the Tibetan Buddhist community and the world at large.
Establish self-sufficient convents.
The nuns have made some huge strides in the last few years regarding gender equality and women's rights. Here are just a few of their most recent achievements:
HISTORICAL EDUCATIONAL ADVANCEMENTS
In 2014 nuns were granted the right to pursue Geshema degrees, Geshema is the highest academic degree awarded in Tibetan Buddhism. History was made in December 2016 when the first group of nuns graduated with Geshema degrees.
FIRST WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT CONFERENCE
In February 2017 the nuns took women's equality a step further by organizing a three-day Tibetan women empowerment conference. It was the first time that such a conference has been organized with the support of the Central Tibetan Administration.
NEW OBSERVANCE: TIBETAN WOMEN'S DAY
Tibetan Prime Minister, Lobsang Sangay, declared that March 12th would formally be observed every year as Tibetan Women's Day. The observance is to reflect the collective will of the Tibetan leadership and people to accelerate the women's empowerment policy agenda.
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