Degree Name

MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

First Advisor

Karan Blanchard


This paper begins with an understanding the issue of healthcare in Tibet, in particularly, women’s access to quality of healthcare and leadership has been denied due to their political, economic and social rights. Therefore, Tibetan women are dying from all preventable causes. This paper presents specifically an overview of the Pende Clinic, in rural Tibet, and its contextual information as a preliminary data that are gathered through interviews and observations in Tibet. It follows with a purpose to incorporate the process of women’s empowerment in the healthcare system. A number of studies of empowerment are analyzed in-depth and further illustrated through the conceptual framework of women’s empowerment within three dimensions: resource, agency, and achievement by by Naila Kabeer. It argues that these three dimensions of women’s empowerment are indivisible in process of improving healthcare thus exemplifying through two prominent case studies, in India and Tibet. Based on the findings and analysis, recommendations are provided for the Pende Clinic as a set of guidelines for the standard practices and the implementation of plans for expansion, improvement, and empowerment in providing essential healthcare services in rural communities of Tibet.

Key Words/Concepts:




Women’s Empowerment g

The Pende Clinic

Maternal Mortality

Agency / Resource / Achievement

Women Health Practitioners


Clinical and Medical Social Work | Community Health | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Educational Leadership | Health and Medical Administration | Health Services Research | Public Health Education and Promotion | Women's Health | Women's Studies


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