Support Tibetan Women Writers
Machik is proud to support Palmo Tsho, a tibetian nomad's daughter and her pioneering work to create literary spaces where Tibetan women, writing in their mother tongue, can explore their identity and share their voices with their communities. Palmo currently publishes an annual journal of women's poetry called Sholung, and a tri-annual newspaper-style journal focusing on women's issues called Snowland Tibetan Women's Journal. Your sponsorship will support one story or essay from a Tibetan woman for publication in the tri-annual Snowland Tibetan Women's Journal, which is produced both in print and digitally.
Women on the Tibetan plateau face unique struggles. Because of starkly unequal access to education, only a small percentage of Tibetan women can read and write, approximately one-third the literacy rate for men on the plateau. Furthermore, in our increasingly globalized society, Tibetans seldom find forums for engaging significant issues of cultural identity in their native language. Moreover, in a world where female voices (and Tibetan voices generally) are too often marginalized, the Snowland Tibetan Women's Journal is laying the groundwork for a Tibetan Women Writers Conference that will allow women across the plateau to form a literary community where they can share their work and collectively reshape the field of Tibetan literature and help to continue the preservation of this rich language and culture.
Partner since September, 2008
Machik works to help chart new pathways forward as communities on the Tibetan plateau approach uncertain times. They work directly with local Tibetan communities to help overcome many uncertainties. Their programs include education (rural, urban, primary to middle school, college scholarships, vocational training), women’s initiatives (education for girls and young women, women’s literature and publishing), conservation (solar technologies, greenhouses, clean water), social entrepreneurs (film-makers, health workers, etc), and income generation (incense, motorbike repairs, tourism, etc.). By providing new resources, networks, tools and technology, Machik's goal is to establish a portal for developing new partnerships that can help create alternative pathways toward a strong, healthy, and more sustainable future on the Tibetan plateau. Through outreach efforts to Tibetans, Chinese, and global citizens alike, they seek to build a shared understanding of the potential of their work for a collective future. Machik’s Ruth Walter Chungba Primary School (CPS), now in its seventh year of operation, has set a new standard for rural Tibetan primary education in Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.