Changing Minds | EQUAL REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN IN POLITICS Sharing experiences – 2011 Local Government Elections WMC, in partnership with five other women’s organizations, carried out a project to increase nominations for women candidates at the 2011 local government elections. We are now organizing a discussion in order to share the experiences from this project … Continue reading Upcoming Event : Sharing experiences – 2011 Local Government Elections
Member organizations of Mothers and Daughters of Lanka (MDL) from all over the country, including WMC, organized a protest march and demonstration on the 8th of March 2012, in front of the Fort Railway Station. It focused on the challenges faced by women in the current climate of increasing cost of living and inflation.
ACTFORM was one of the organizers of the joint programme on “Commemoration of the International Day of Migrants – 12 in 12 joint campaign for rights and protection of domestic workers”. It was held on the 18th of December, 2011.
Representations were made with the NGO Shadow Report before the CEDAW Committee with special focus in the areas of political representation, legal reform and conflict recovery. The Committee called for a follow up report in these areas in 2 years.
WMC representative is a member of the National Advisory Committee on Labour Migration Policy. We have proposed district level committees involving local government bodies, divisional secretariats and community organizations to initiate better linkages for implementation of aspects of the policy. Discussions are being held between the Committee, the Foreign Employment Bureau and the Ministry, the … Continue reading Advocacy for translating migrant worker policy into law and its enforcement
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.
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.