Women’s Role in the Tibetan National Freedom Struggle

Women play important roles in our society. The Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities (GATPM) was delighted to host a discussion with Tenzin Sangmo on the Tibetan Women’s role in their National Freedom Struggle on the eve of the 62nd anniversary, 12 March 2021, of the Tibetan Women’s National Uprising Day.

On 12th March 1959, thousands of Tibetan women gathered on the ground called ‘Dri-bu-Yul-Khai Thang’ in front of the Potala Palace, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s residence in Lhasa, Tibet’s capital.

This demonstration – Women’s Uprising Day – was the spark that initiated the Tibetan women’s movement for independence.

Tenzin Sangmo is a Tibetan mother and she lives in England. She is a Nurse by profession and volunteers with the Tibetan Community in Britain. Tenzin serves on the Council of Tibetan Community in Britain as the Regional Coordinator.

In August 2020, Tenzin organised and led a 5-day peace march – “Walk for Tibet” from Bristol to London, covering over 150 miles with three other Tibetans to raise awareness of China’s occupation of Tibet. She is passionate and advocates for the rights of Tibetans and others who are persecuted by the Chinese communist regime.

Author: Tsering Passang (Tsamtruk)

NGO Professional | Human Rights and Political Activist | Author - Founder and Convener, Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities (GATPM) - Director, Tibet Foundation (2019 - Jan 2021) - Chairman, Tibetan Community UK | Tibetan Refugee Charitable Trust (2014 - 2016) - Trustee, Tibet House Trust (2014 - 2016) - Council Member, Tibet Society (2014 - 2016) - Special Adviser, Tibet Society (2017 - 2018) - Sponsorship Coordinator, Tibet Relief Fund (2017 - 2016) - Programme Manager, Tibet Foundation (2001 - 2007)

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