Dolma Gyari Drawu was born in Kalimpong, India, in 1964 and now resides in Dharamsala, India. She studied at the Central School for Tibetans, Darjeeling, and graduated class X in 1981. Mrs. Gyari has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Punjab University, Chandigarh. After graduation, she studied for three years at the Campus Law Centre, Delhi University.
Her political activism started young; she was actively involved in Regional Tibetan Youth Congress (RTYC) of Darjeeling during her school years. When she joined Punjab University, Mrs. Gyari volunteered to run and was elected for the post of Joint Secretary of RTYC during her first year in college. She did not limit herself to fight only for Tibet’s cause; she was also involved in the GLOBAL 86 youth anti- apartheid movement in Chandigarh.
Dolma Gyari served on TYC’s Central Executive Committee as Information Secretary from 1986-1989 and as Joint Secretary 1989-1991. She resigned before the expiration of her second term at TYC after she was elected to the Assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputies. She has been serving on the Tibetan Parliament for the past 16 years as one of ten female members out of the 43 parliamentarians. When asked about female representation in parliament, she asserted that the quality of the parliamentarians is more important than the quantity. Mrs. Gyari believes that each current female parliamentarian’s achievements and contributions to Tibetan society are highly commendable.
She served as an interim co-chair of the International Movement of Parliamentarians for Democracy. She was elected to the Eleventh, Twelfth and Thirteenth ATPD and was the Vice- Chair Person of the Assembly. During these sessions Dolma Gyari was elected Deputy Speaker, the first woman ever to serve in this position.
She run for the 3rd Kalon Tripa preliminary Election in 2010 but later withdrew from the final election. In 2011, she was nominated and became Minister (Kalon) of Department of Home, Central Tibetan Administration.