While congratulatory messages poured in for Ama Jetsun Pema la on being conferred the honorary doctorate by the University of San Francisco on December 14 this year, I paused to reflect on what a proud moment this is for all Tibetans inside and outside Tibet and for women around the world who work to champion the cause of education and empowerment. The USF president Stephen A. Privett rightly commended Amala for ‘being a woman for others.’
This award among many others which Amala so rightly deserve adds credence to her indomitable role in rebuilding Tibetan lives in exile and reiterates her indispensable role in educating Tibetan children and in empowering Tibetan women. Amala’s unflinching commitment, lifelong dedication and altruistic work towards creating a brighter future for our nation remain immeasurable and stand as a powerful inspiration to all of us to take pertinent role in the entire process of redefining our nation’s future for sustenance, growth and prosperity.
Truly, Amala is the beacon of hope, the bastion of optimism and the illuminating light for the emancipation of the oppressed.