State & Politics

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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ACTFORM meets Minister of Foreign Employment, Thalatha Athukorala

ACTFORM meets Minister of Foreign Employment, Thalatha Athukorala

The Action Network for Migrant Workers (ACTFORM) met with the newly appointed Minister of Foreign Employment, Thalatha Athukorala to discuss the current status of women migrant workers and the measures that need to be taken to further improve their status at home and abroad. This was the first meeting between Sri Lanka’s ACTFORM network and...

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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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Prime Minister Wickramasinghe Pledges to Increase Women Participation in Politics

Prime Minister Wickramasinghe Pledges to Increase Women Participation in Politics

Source: Search for Common Ground Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe spoke at an event to mark International Women’s Day organized by the Women Parliamentarian’s Caucus in partnership with us, UNFPA, UN Women and the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office. During his speech, he pledged to increase the political participation of women by 25% at the...

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IWD 2015: International Women’s Day March

IWD 2015: International Women’s Day March

Women’s rights groups from all parts of Sri Lanka made it happen on the streets of Colombo to mark International Women’s Day 2015. On the 9th of March, women’s groups were demanding for an increase in political representation for women by introducing at least a 25% quota in all political bodies and to establish an...

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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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