Gender & Politics

Vote for Women Campaign Launch

Vote for Women Campaign Launch

The Vote for Women campaign was launched on the 5th of August to coincide with Sri Lanka’s upcoming General Elections scheduled to be held on the 17 of August 2015. There are total of 6,151 candidates from 21 political parties and independent groups competing for the 225 seats in parliament. Of the total candidates nominated,...

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‘Veediye Virodaya’ protest

A large gathering attended the Veediye Virodaya movement protest also known as the Black Protest at the Colombo Fort railway station on the 10th of July 2015. Some of the demands made at the protest were for clean politics and good governance. Several women leaders from civil society organisations that spoke at the protest highlighted...

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2015 ජූලි 09 දින රිවිර පුවත්පතේ පළ කර තිබු ‘දවසේ ටොක්ක’ කාටූනයට විරෝධය දැක්වීම

2015 ජූලි 09 වන දින රිවිර පුවත්පතේ පළ කර තිබු කැමිලස් විසින් අදින ලද ‘දවසේ ටොක්ක’ කාටූනය පිළිබඳව කාන්තාව හා මාධ්‍ය සාමූහිකයේ අප‍්‍රසාදය හා විරෝධය මෙයින් පළ කරමු. අපේ රටේ සමස්ත ජනගහනයෙන් 52%ක් වන ස්තී‍්‍රන්, මෙරට ජන්දදායකයින්ගෙන් 56%ක් ද වෙයි. එහෙත් මෙරට, දේශපාලන තීන්දු තීරණ ගන්නා මණ්ඩලවල ස්තී‍්‍රන්ට හිමි වී තිබෙන්නේ ඉතාමත් අඩු ස්ථානයකි. 1931...

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Media Breifing: Women’s political representation

Media Breifing: Women’s political representation

As President Maitripala Sirisena’s draft of the 20th Amendment is scheduled to be presented to the cabinet today a special media briefing on the representation of women in politics was organised by the Women and Media Collective yesterday, 3rd of June, in Colombo. Followed by continued campaigning by women’s groups in the country a provision...

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Asia Pacific CSO Forum on Sustainable Development

At the Asia Pacific CSO Forum on Sustainable Development in Bangkok from the 18 – 20 May 2015. Women and Media Collective’s (WMC) Executive Director, Dr. Sepali Kottegoda was a panelist at the side event ‘Gender, Sexuality and SRHR in the Post 2015 Development Agenda’. The forum was organised by UNESCAP, United Nations Environment Programme...

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UN Women Executive Director Statement on the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

Source: UN Women Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia. Date : 15 May 2015 Today marks the 25th anniversary of recognition by the international community that homosexuality cannot be classified as an illness. We celebrate that critical decision by the World Health Organization as the...

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Discussion on the 20th Amendment to the constitution with CAFFE, Sri Lanka

Discussion on the 20th Amendment to the constitution with CAFFE, Sri Lanka

The Women and Media Collective together with other women’s organisations have been campaigning to increase the representation of women at local, provincial and national level for over 15 years. The current electoral reform process, which is a measure to strengthen representative democracy, should provide an opportunity to increase women’s representation in the Parliament of Sri...

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Political Representation of Women: Ensuring 25% Increase

Political Representation of Women: Ensuring 25% Increase

RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY WOMEN’S GROUPS TO THE 20TH AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION CURRENTLY UNDER DISCUSSION Women in Sri Lanka have had the right to vote from as early as 1931, but very little opportunity to become the people’s elected political representatives—in either Parliament or in Provincial or Local Government. This fact has been highlighted worldwide...

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