Category: Gender & Politics

Pushing for a “feminist transformation of power” 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

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

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

Discussion on LA Act. – 25% quota for women

A meeting to discuss the Local Authorities Elections Amendment Act within the purview of the newly introduced provisions for women’s representation in Local Government was organised by the Women and Media Collective, on Friday 6th of October 2017. The new electoral system and the 25% quota allocation for women were discussed at length among women … Continue reading Discussion on LA Act. – 25% quota for women

Comments on the Amended Local Authorities Elections Act (Sinhala)

පළාත් පාලන ආයතන තුළ ස්ත්‍රීන්ගේ නියෝජනය 25%කින් වැඩිකරන බවට රජය විසින් පොරොන්දුවක් ලබාදෙන ලදී. ඒ අනුව පසුගිය කාලය පුරා මේ ඉල්ලීම තහවුරු කරගැනීම පිණිස අප කාන්තා ක්‍රියාකාරිනියන් විසින් අදාළ දේශපාලන නායකයින් සමඟ සාකච්ඡාවට ද ලක්කරන ලදී. පසුගිය අගෝස්තු 25 වන දින පළාත් පාලන ආයතන ඡන්ද විමසීම් සංශෝධන පනත සම්මතවීමත් සමඟ ඒ පිළිබඳ කාන්තාව සහ මාධ්‍ය … Continue reading Comments on the Amended Local Authorities Elections Act (Sinhala)

Fair hand for fair justice – Daily News

Source: Daily News When women are in government, the benefits are boundless: corruption lessens, the economy improves, and governance itself is more efficient. One would think such positive results would mean female participation in politics would be high, and ever-increasing. Unfortunately, in Sri Lanka, like elsewhere, this is hardly the case. Since 1931, Sri Lankan … Continue reading Fair hand for fair justice – Daily News