The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, visited Sri Lanka from 19 to 26 May 2014 to assess the human rights situation of Sri Lankans migrating abroad for work, and the related recruitment practices. During Mr. Crépeau’s eight-day mission to the country, he met with regional members of the … Continue reading United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants meets members of ACTFORM and WMC
At the Gampaha District Committee meetings hosted by Action Network for Migrant Workers (ACTFORM), Women and Media Collective (WMC) and the Diriyata Saviya Womens organisation 13 government representatives, NGO workers and Women’s rights activists were brought together to discuss the National Action Plan for migrant workers. The meeting concluded with a decision to conduct research … Continue reading ACTFORM Gampaha District Committee Meetings
A number of May Day celebrations organised by Women’s Trade Unions took place this year across Sri Lanka. Click on picture to enlarge.
Some Insights from three Conflict Affected Districts in Sri Lanka By Dr. Sepali Kottegoda In May 2003, when a Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) had been signed between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies prepared “The Assessment of Needs in the Conflict Affected Areas” which highlighted … Continue reading Are Traditional Midwives History ?
As a tribute to all migrant workers of Sri Lanka Action Network for Migrant Workers (ACTFORM) together with Women and Media Collective (WMC) organised the 14th Annual International Migrants Day on the 21 of December at the Mahaveli Centre. This year we not only celebrated our women workers but also their families, especially children who … Continue reading Celebrating International Migrants Day 2013
Women and Media Collective is conducting a series of radio programmes on the rights and issues pertaining to working women in Sri Lanka. Your feedback would be most welcome. Details of the radio programme are as follows. Every Tuesday (from the 1st of October 2013 onwards) Click here to listen to Awadiyen Imu, Women and … Continue reading Awadiyen Imu: Radio Programme on Working Women
The Women and Media Collective is very concerned that the recently issued circular of the Ministry of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare requires prospective women migrants to provide information on their family background and evidence of adequate childcare arrangements as a condition for leaving for employment overseas. WMC recognizes this as an infringement of a … Continue reading Media Statement: Government should invest in providing long-term childcare to families of women employed overseas
The introductory meeting for the Trade Union Women members was held on the 2nd of April 2013 in Colombo and the network Trade Union Women United was formed. This programme is designed to enhance Sri Lankan women trade union members’ representation within the larger political field. A one day consultation was held with a group … Continue reading Formation of Trade Union Women United
This year, Sri Lankan Trade Unions highlighted the Rights of Women Workers as part of the issues that were raised in the workers’ rallies on May 1st. A number of Trade Union women members were raising banners and placards focusing on women workers’ rights in Sri Lanka, including members of the Government Nursing Officer’s Association … Continue reading May Day 2013 – Trade Unions highlight the rights of women workers