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
Click here to listen to the interview The situation for women in Sri Lanka is not optimal. However, grassroots organizations, such as the Women and Media Collective, are working hard to remedy that – challenging patriarchal norms and advocating for policy change. At the UN for the Commission on the Status of Women, Programme Director … Continue reading Pushing for a “feminist transformation of power” in Sri Lanka
Source: newsdeeply.com At the Commission on the Status of Women in New York, we speak with activists from Sri Lanka, India and the Philippines about the progress they’ve made on economic advancement for women in their communities – and the challenges that lie ahead. Sepali Kottegoda is an academic, women’s rights activist and technical adviser … Continue reading Rural Women Activists Share Their Biggest Successes – and Battles Ahead
Source: UN Women “Rural women want equal pay for the work they do. They also want more sharing of work within the house. There’s a lot of emotional rhetoric around women’s unpaid work—that they do this out of love for the family. But the reality is that women do much more unpaid work and … Continue reading Voices from CSW62
Recognising Women in Leadership in Sri Lanka. Keynote Speech at the Launch of the Australian Awards Women in Leadership Network, Sri Lanka. Sepali Kottegoda, M.Phil, D.Phil (Sussex) Director Programmes, Women’s Economic Rights and Media Women and Media Collective 8 March 2018 Colombo. Your Excellency, High Commissioner Bryce Hutchesson, friends and colleagues, ladies and gentlemen. First, … Continue reading Keynote: Women in Leadership (IWD2018)
Cabinet decision to Ban on Mothers having children below 5 years of age leaving the country for foreign employment We vehemently oppose to the Cabinet decision to ‘ban’ mothers of children under the age of five from migrating abroad for work. This ban was imposed taking into account the social and psychological costs such as … Continue reading Celebrating International Migrants Day, 18 December 2017
When the Ministry of Foreign Employment in Sri Lanka introduced the Family Background Report (FBR) it withdrew the rights of many women, with children below the ages of five, to seek employment abroad. Caring for children is a shared responsibility by both the mother and father. And although many in society don’t accept this concept, … Continue reading A fathers responsibility
The following proposal was submitted by women’s rights activists and groups for the 2018 national budget. The proposal, submitted to the Ministry of Finance, identifies strategies for gender responsive budgeting. Click here to download the proposal
Bringing Unpaid Care Work from the Private to Public Arena – Through the ‘Empowerment’ Looking Glass. Sepali Kottegoda D.Phil (Sussex) Women and Media Collective 2 March 2017 Introduction I would like to thank the Australian Human Rights Commission for inviting me to speak here today, as part of its events to mark International Women’s Day. … Continue reading Keynote: Importance of recognising unpaid care work.
As part of the Commission’s International Women’s Day celebrations, please join Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins for a special International Women’s Day RightsTalk on gender equality and women’s work and care on the 2nd March 2017.