Building upon past initiatives, Women and Media Collective (WMC) intends to consolidate its work on increasing women’s political representation in Local Government Authorities by working with women members of 20 selected trade unions. One of the main objectives of the programme will be to enhance the capacities of trade union women by establishing a network … Continue reading Preliminary Meeting with Trade Union Leaders in Sri Lanka
As part of the Fokus project, a 2 day residential new media training was held in Colombo on the 29th and 30th of November 2012. The training was conducted by Sanjana Hattotuwa, the editor of Groundviews, an award winning citizen journalism website. The training components included introduction to new media, training on some technical aspects … Continue reading New Media Training (FOKUS)
This project envisages to empower women in low income earning families in the urban areas of Colombo. We tried to identify the problems faced by the women living in low income earning families from selected 8 urban settlements identified in the Colombo city and in the areas near by. Several focal point discussions, workshops and … Continue reading Meeting with urban women
A 5 day Residential Training was held in Colombo, on the use of CEDAW and UNSCR 1325 for information gathering and documentation purposes in relation to issues faced by women affected by the conflict. The training was conducted by WMC and IWRAW-AP and was attended by 20 participants (4 each from 5 partner organizations) from … Continue reading CEDAW training for local women’s organizations in the context of conflict and post-war Sri lanka
A demonstration was held on the 20th of July 2012 at Lipton Circus, Town Hall, Colombo. It was convened by Kamini M. Vitarana and women gathered to protest the current spate of incidents of violence against women and children, remarks by the police that this is “the fault of the parents” and the inability of … Continue reading Women protest against the current spate of rape and child abuse
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. A discussion was held on the 22nd of June 2012, in order to share the … Continue reading Sharing experiences – 2011 Local Government Elections
On national level, the campaign consisted of newspaper, television and radio advertisements and also a hoarding. Newspaper advertisements – Two advertisements were published in Sinhala and Tamil newspapers from the 8th – 15th March. Television advertisements - This campaign went on for one week with Sinhala advertisements (http://youtu.be/vQClplKA5JQ) broadcast on Swarnawahini, ITN and Sirasa TV and … Continue reading Vote for a Woman Campaign
Despite an extremely favourable Human Development Index (HDI) for women, women’s representation in elected political bodies in Sri Lanka is abysmally low. It is 5.8% in parliament, 4.1% in provincial councils and only 1.8% in local government. Nominations for women by the major political parties have remained almost stagnant in the last 50 years and … Continue reading Where are the women in Local Government?