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Let’s ensure migrant workers voting rights! (IMD 2014)

Let us commemorate the International Migrant Workers’ Day on 18 December 2014! In 2014 we celebrate the fifteenth International Migrant Workers’ Day (IMWD). The United Nations Organisation declared 18 December as IMWD in 2000. Since then many states in the world, especially countries of origin, celebrate this day dedicated to migrant workers. The great contribution … Continue reading Let’s ensure migrant workers voting rights! (IMD 2014)

WMC condemns the statement made by Minister of Higher Education, S.B. Dissanayake

Women and Media Collective vehemently condemns the recent statement made by the Minister of Higher Education, S.B. Dissanayake which was directed at the Former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumarathunge. The Minister of Higher Education stated that the former President should be “put down in the ground, trampled, stripped naked and made to run along … Continue reading WMC condemns the statement made by Minister of Higher Education, S.B. Dissanayake

Sri Lanka Consultation for Beijing+20

In preparation for the South Asia Consultation for Beijing+20, women’s civil society organisations in Sri Lanka came together to discuss Sri Lanka’s situation within the context of the Beijing Declaration Platform for Action (BPFA). Held on the 9th of October at CENWOR in Colombo the Sri Lanka consultation for Beijing+20 highlighted five critical areas of … Continue reading Sri Lanka Consultation for Beijing+20

Expert Group Consultation on Equality

Recognising the need for an in depth analysis and understanding of equality and non-discrimination, twenty of South Asia’s gender specialists joined the deliberations in Colombo at the South Asia Expert Group Consultation held from the 13 – 15 September 2014. Organised by Women and Media Collective (Sri Lanka) in partner with North East Network (India) … Continue reading Expert Group Consultation on Equality

Remembering our founder Sunila Abeysekara, one year on

Sunila Abeysekara, a much respected human rights defender, an inspiring feminist and mentor to women in Sri Lanka and around the world, was remembered on the 5th of September 2014 at the Women and Media Collective in Colombo, a year after her passing. Words cannot describe the affection and respect that was shared by all … Continue reading Remembering our founder Sunila Abeysekara, one year on

Fairness prevails for the murder and rape of FTZ woman worker says women’s groups

A high court judge sentenced a medical doctor, of the Negambo hospital, to death on the 3rd of September 2014 for the murder of young woman in 2007. Chamila Dissanayake (23) who was working in the Free Trade Zone (FTZ) in Katunayake was raped, strangled and then pushed to hear death, according to medical reports, … Continue reading Fairness prevails for the murder and rape of FTZ woman worker says women’s groups

WMC condemns the societal indictments of Thilini Amalka

The Women and Media Collective condemns the socially-motivated indictments of Thilini Amalka, a 21 year old girl from Wariyapola. Thilini who had supposedly been sexually harassed by a man at the Wariyapola bus stand was summoned by the Wariyapola Police for questioning on the 25th of August. The police, instead of taking proper action with … Continue reading WMC condemns the societal indictments of Thilini Amalka

Civil Society plan to review 20 years of Beijing Platform for Action

A broad coalition of feminist and women’s rights networks, constituencies and allies are preparing for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) regional and global review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. A CSO Steering Committee of 16 organisations [1] including regional networks, constituency based groups … Continue reading Civil Society plan to review 20 years of Beijing Platform for Action

Call for Submissions: WMC Women’s Photography Exhibition 2014 (Postponed)

Following the success of our previous exhibitions and the positive responses generated, Women and Media Collective is calling all female photographers of Sri Lanka to send in their entries for the women’s photography exhibition. This event offers a unique opportunity to exhibit the work of female photographers engaging in a profession that remains primarily dominated … Continue reading Call for Submissions: WMC Women’s Photography Exhibition 2014 (Postponed)