WMC carried out campaigns for the Local Government Election of 2011 in order to increase nominations for women and then to vote for a woman (see Media page for campaign details). A total of 181 women were put forward by WMC and 72 were successful in receiving nominations for the upcoming local government election. Out of … Continue reading Local Government Election 2011
The Action Network for Migrant Workers (ACTFORM) organized a press conference in October 2011 with government officials in order to discuss the ILO Convention 189 on Domestic Workers and the current state of Sri Lankan women migrant workers.
This research is currently ongoing. While it is still too early to determine the outcome or impact of this research, it must be noted that there is online casino already an element of awareness raising no issues relating to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SO/GI) in the process of conducting the interviews.
On 16th September, a National Consultation on the CEDAW COs was held at Renuka Hotel, Colombo. It was attended by almost 70 participants from NGOs and CBOs from 12 districts (Colombo, Puttalam, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Monaragala, Polonnaruwa, Kurunegala, Anuradhapura, Galle, Gampaha, Trincomalee, & Hambantota). The purpose of this consultation was to share the CEDAW COs … Continue reading National Consultation on CEDAW Concluding Observations
Since May 2011, the WMC initiated a discussion with NCW on the importance of conducting a meeting to discuss strategies to implement the CEDAW Concluding Observations at the national level. The NCW agreed to hold a meeting with various government officials and was willing to invite selected NGOs as well in order to make it … Continue reading Meeting with National Committee on Women (NCW) – Consultation with the CEDAW Concluding Observations
On 16th August, the Mothers & Daughters of Lanka a network of progressive women’s organizations conducted a members meeting, particularly with the aim of disseminating the Concluding Observations and discussing future strategies.
Following on from the ‘Global Consultation on the Application of Women’s Human Rights framework on the issues of Women in Conflict Situations’ held in Colombo in October 2010, the Colombo Group which includes WMC continued to work closely with the CEDAW Committee assisting with the elaboration of a General Recommendation to CEDAW on women and … Continue reading International Advocacy for CEDAW General Recommendation on Armed Conflict and Women
As part of a project to increase the percentage of nominations and votes for women in the upcoming Local Government elections, WMC held several meetings with members of political parties in order to advocate the political parties and party leaders to nominate more women for the upcoming local government election. Another objective was to discuss … Continue reading Meetings with members of political parties
On national level, the campaign consisted of newspaper, television and radio advertisements and also a hoarding. Newspaper advertisements – Two advertisements were published in Sinhala and Tamil newspapers from the 8th – 15th March. Television advertisements - This campaign went on for one week with Sinhala advertisements (http://youtu.be/vQClplKA5JQ) broadcast on Swarnawahini, ITN and Sirasa TV and … Continue reading Vote for a Woman Campaign
Despite an extremely favourable Human Development Index (HDI) for women, women’s representation in elected political bodies in Sri Lanka is abysmally low. It is 5.8% in parliament, 4.1% in provincial councils and only 1.8% in local government. Nominations for women by the major political parties have remained almost stagnant in the last 50 years and … Continue reading Where are the women in Local Government?