Category: Advocacy

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

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

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

Women’s groups meet with Elections Commissioner and Minister on quota

Members from the Women and Media Collective, the women’s resource Center in Kurunegala, Viluthu in the North and East and the women’s Development Center in Badulla met with the Elections Commissioner and the Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils, Hon. Faizer Mustapha to discuss the assurance of containing the 25% quota for women in … Continue reading Women’s groups meet with Elections Commissioner and Minister on quota

Minister responds to implementation of women’s quota

The Women and Media Collective (WMC) attended the meeting organised by the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government on the 27th of February, to discuss the implementation of the 25% quota for women in local government. WMC together with other women’s organisations in the country met with Hon. Minister Faizer Mustapa to ensure that … Continue reading Minister responds to implementation of women’s quota

Media Release: Letter to the Elections Commission, leaders of Political Parties and the Speaker of the House of Parliament

Letter to the Elections Commission, leaders of Political Parties and the Speaker of the House of Parliament DO NOT Default on Implementing the 25% Legally Binding Quota for Women We the undersigned Civil Society Organisations, including women’s groups, and women’s rights advocates are writing to call on the Chairman and Members of the Election Commission … Continue reading Media Release: Letter to the Elections Commission, leaders of Political Parties and the Speaker of the House of Parliament

EROTICS: ‘Disrupting the Binary Code: Experiences of LGBT Sri Lankan’s Online’ (Study Launch)

Disrupting the Binary Code: Experiences of LGBT Sri Lankan’s Online, a research study looking at sexuality and ICT’s was launched recently. As part of the EROTICS South Asia Network, (short for exploratory research on ICT’s and sexuality), the study was conducted in partner with the Association for Progressive Communications. The EROTICS research, unpacks the ways … Continue reading EROTICS: ‘Disrupting the Binary Code: Experiences of LGBT Sri Lankan’s Online’ (Study Launch)

The importance of the 25% quota for women in Local Government

A media briefing to highlight the importance of the 25% women’s quota brought about for the upcoming Local Government elections was held at the Renuka Hotel in Colombo. With the mixed electoral system and the women’s quota, the elections, which are expected to be held on the 10th of February 2018 will be a historic … Continue reading The importance of the 25% quota for women in Local Government