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In celebration of decriminalizing section 377 in India

Photograph: AFP The Women and Media Collective applauds and celebrates the long years of committed struggle that led to the reading down of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalized homosexual behavior between consenting adults. This outcome is the result of a long legal struggle, marked with a succession of petitions which were … Continue reading In celebration of decriminalizing section 377 in India

Press Briefing: civil society report on Provincial Council Election System

At a press briefing this morning a committee comprising of civil society presented a report of recommendations in review of the provincial council election system. The report is a result of several drawbacks that are, at present, looming over the provincial councils act and the electoral system. It was emphasised that consultations for the report … Continue reading Press Briefing: civil society report on Provincial Council Election System

It’s Not her Midriff (or her Arms or Legs), it’s You!

Source: catseyesrilanka Nearly 20 years ago, Cat’s Eye[1] wrote about the peculiar stereotypes expected of ‘good Sri Lankan women’ who are also not just women, but ‘wives and mothers of the nation’. This column drew public attention several times to the sexist double standards and the quick and ready social stigma that follows if and … Continue reading It’s Not her Midriff (or her Arms or Legs), it’s You!

Statement on the Death Penalty in Sri Lanka

Image: Front Page Africa To read the statement in Sinhala and Tamil click here 18 July 2018 As feminists, human rights defenders, university teachers, academics,women’s rights activists and organizations and as citizens involved in working towards the realization of the equal rights of all people, we strongly condemn any attempts by the President and others … Continue reading Statement on the Death Penalty in Sri Lanka

Statement about progress of petition filed against ‘liquor ban’, by women’s group and 16 individual petitioners

9 July 2018 The Supreme Court today, in an unanimous order, granted Petitioners, Women and Media Collective (WMC), Women’s Education and Research Centre(WERC), and the Centre for Women’s Research (CENWOR), and 16 other individual female petitioners, leave to proceed with their petition challenging the constitutionality of the recent Gazette notification which restricts women’s rights to … Continue reading Statement about progress of petition filed against ‘liquor ban’, by women’s group and 16 individual petitioners

Sri Lanka consultation on CEDAW shadow report

A consultation focusing on the Sri Lanka Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (LBT) shadow report, submitted to Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) at the Sixty-sixth session, was held in Wadduwa recently. The consultation brought together rights activists and members of women’s rights and LGBT organisations to discuss the contents of the report … Continue reading Sri Lanka consultation on CEDAW shadow report

Trafficking-in- Persons, data, information collection and reporting system in Sri Lanka

An effective data, information collection and reporting system for ‘Trafficking- In- Persons’ (TIP) is being formulated by the Women and Media Collective together with the Asia Foundation. The goal is to build an effective TIP data collection and reporting system in Sri Lanka. This system is expected to feed into the ongoing work of the … Continue reading Trafficking-in- Persons, data, information collection and reporting system in Sri Lanka