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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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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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Film: Determining Futures, women in Trade Unions in Sri Lanka

Film: Determining Futures, women in Trade Unions in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s Trade Union women leaders are a driving force in the lives of working women due to the constant trials and struggles encountered in the workplace. Marred by gender discrimination and sometimes violence women in the past have had to step forward and speak up for their rights. This led to the emergence of...

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Increasing women’s political representation: a discussion on current reforms

Increasing women’s political representation: a discussion on current reforms

A consultation with Kare Vollan, an expert on electoral reforms, was held yesterday to discuss the prospects of increasing political representation of women in parliament in the current context of constitutional and electoral reforms. For the first time the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe has proposed reforms that will ensure a substantive increase...

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Film: Don’t think of me as a woman, an election story from the margins

Film: Don’t think of me as a woman, an election story from the margins

This film documents the electoral struggle of Aynoon Beebi, a 39-year old Muslim woman from Kinniya, in Trincomalee, at the 2011 local government elections. While celebrating Aynoon’s political ambitions, the film explores the ways in which she challenges mechanisms of power and dominance that are naturalised within her community and political party structures. Women account...

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IWD2015: Sticker and Poster Campaign

For International Women’s Day 2015, a sticker and poster campaign was carried out by women’s rights groups with a message to increase women’s political participation by at least 25% within all political bodies of Sri Lanka. With this women’s groups also see a dire need to establish an Independent Women’s Commission to ensure the promises made in...

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