Enhancing gender equality in traditional Tibetan institutions

02. cuttingNuns' shirt



The project started up in Singkhry monastery, located in Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, in Qinghai, China. The monastery, which hosts 600 monks and 900 nuns, has always been a deeply rooted institution for the preservation of Tibetan culture, language and identity.



The Singkhry monastery plays a fundamental role in Qinghai, because it offers women the opportunity to access education, study Tibetan traditions, learn skills and jobs and to build a better life. However, In the past years, the female enrolment increased, due to limited economic resources of the families and because Tibetan women suffer culturally from a disadvantaged position compared to men, especially for access to education. This provoked considerable difficulties that led to an extreme overcrowding and, as a consequence, health and hygienic condition declined. Moreover, there aren’t any sort of job-training and economic activities that could really guarantee good life prospects and economic independence.


The project benefits directly 600 nuns and aims to:

  • improve their life conditions, limiting the risk of diseases and epidemics by restructuring and sanitizing the monastery facilities and building a new 1,080 m2 dormitory, in order to host 120 nuns in clean rooms;
  • improve hygienic and health conditions thanks to health and hygiene training. Specifically, 600 nuns have received hygiene-kits, 50 nuns will be trained to become hygiene trainers and 550 ones will be trained on health and hygiene basics;
  • corroborate their economic conditions by training 20 nuns in tailoring, especially for the realization of traditional and religious dresses. Another 20 of them will receive the equipment needed to start up a small tailoring enterprise;
  • improve their cultural and educational conditions thanks to book-editing, publication and distribution of Tibetan religious works so that they can be employed in the monastery as well as in other ones in Qinghai and Sichuan.

The indirect beneficiaries will be 2,100 people, such as monks and nuns, that will receive a book-series of 8 volumes of buddhist works, and another 11,000 people, that is their relatives, that will receive a great amount of works published thanks to the project.