A Local Councils observers training was held on the 11th of September in Colombo for a carefully selected group of women to observe the proceedings of the Local Councils in the Southern, Eastern and Central parts of Sri Lanka. The purpose of the training was for the observers to learn the way in which local … Continue reading Local councils observer training
At a press briefing this morning a committee comprising of civil society presented a report of recommendations in review of the provincial council election system. The report is a result of several drawbacks that are, at present, looming over the provincial councils act and the electoral system. It was emphasised that consultations for the report … Continue reading Press Briefing: civil society report on Provincial Council Election System
Source: catseyesrilanka Nearly 20 years ago, Cat’s Eye wrote about the peculiar stereotypes expected of ‘good Sri Lankan women’ who are also not just women, but ‘wives and mothers of the nation’. This column drew public attention several times to the sexist double standards and the quick and ready social stigma that follows if and … Continue reading It’s Not her Midriff (or her Arms or Legs), it’s You!
Image: Front Page Africa To read the statement in Sinhala and Tamil click here 18 July 2018 As feminists, human rights defenders, university teachers, academics,women’s rights activists and organizations and as citizens involved in working towards the realization of the equal rights of all people, we strongly condemn any attempts by the President and others … Continue reading Statement on the Death Penalty in Sri Lanka
Source: catseyesrilanka The agony and anxiousness that a divorce proceeding in Sri Lanka inflicts on spouses is widely known and there are many who can speak to it. It is a proceeding usually faced in silence. Once it is done with, we want to forget it, we don’t want to relive it, and we want … Continue reading Divorce Law in Sri Lanka: fostering animosity, not relationships
The Women and Media Collective (WMC) attended the meeting organised by the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government on the 27th of February, to discuss the implementation of the 25% quota for women in local government. WMC together with other women’s organisations in the country met with Hon. Minister Faizer Mustapa to ensure that … Continue reading Minister responds to implementation of women’s quota
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
A partner meeting in Kaluthara was organised by the Women and Media Collective with five women organisations in the country to discuss steps and challenges ahead, for women contesting in the upcoming Local Government elections. With the inclusion of a 25% quota for women in Local Government, women’s rights organisations are working towards ensuring that … Continue reading In photographs: WMC’s partner meeting on women’s political representation
Women and Media Collective meets and trains with female candidates, contesting for the upcoming Local Government elections in February 2018. The meeting in Galle was organised by the Gami Kantha Peramuna.