Category: Gender and Work

Advocacy for translating migrant worker policy into law and its enforcement

WMC representative is a member of the National Advisory Committee on Labour Migration Policy. We have proposed district level committees involving local government bodies, divisional secretariats and community organizations to initiate better linkages for implementation of aspects of the policy. Discussions are being held between the Committee, the Foreign Employment Bureau and the Ministry, the … Continue reading Advocacy for translating migrant worker policy into law and its enforcement

Press conference on the ILO Convention and the current state of Sri Lankan women migrant workers

Background to press conference   In the recent past, there has been an increase in the number of women migrating. Many of them go to the Middle East as migrant workers and the majority among them are Muslim, Sinhala and Tamil women.   It is common knowledge that these migrant workers, whether they are from … Continue reading Press conference on the ILO Convention and the current state of Sri Lankan women migrant workers

Sri Lanka National Consultation on the GFMD


ACTFORM organized a consultation meeting on the 2nd and 3rd of October, 2009 to discuss the Migrant Rights Shadow Report and the upcoming Global Forum for Migration and Development (GFMD). The meeting focused on three issues; remittances, integration, and reintegration. Some of the proposals made included a formalized/official method for the investment of migrant workers’ … Continue reading Sri Lanka National Consultation on the GFMD


Awareness Building Programme 


A series of awareness building programmes were held in Nittambuwan, Puttlam, Mathugama, Horana, Kalutara, Hambantota, Rambukkana and Kandy. They focused on the government’s decision to impose restrictions on migration of women with children below 5 years of age and familiarized the participants on the report submitted to MWC by non governmental organizations regarding the protection … Continue reading Awareness Building Programme 


Second Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD)


WMC participated in the 2nd GFMD in Manila, Philippines, hosted by the Philippine Government. The theme of the event was “Protecting and Empowering Migrants for Development”. The following issues were addressed during the roundtable discussions: 1) Migration, development and human rights, 2) Secure, legal migration can achieve stronger development impacts, and 3) Policy and instituional … Continue reading Second Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD)


Exhibition of Women’s Activism

‘Her footsteps, from then to now’, an exhibition highlighting the milestones of the history of the women’s movement in Sri Lanka and contributions by women’s organisations towards its development was organized by the Women and Media Collective on 27th and 28th September 2008. The exhibition dealt with an array of issues which included Women and Politics, … Continue reading Exhibition of Women’s Activism