Category: Campaigns

Discussion on increasing women’s political representation

With the government ensuring a 25% representation of women in Local Government bodies, the Women and Media Collective and the International Centre for Ethnic Studies facilitated a discussion on the Local Authorities Elections Amendment Act of 2012. The discussion focused on increasing representation of women under the mixed electoral system. The backdrop to the Act … Continue reading Discussion on increasing women’s political representation

Statement on stoning of migrant worker from the Prime Ministers Task Force on Violence Against Women

The task force on violence against women is shocked that a Sri Lankan migrant worker has been sentenced to death by stoning in Saudi Arabia for the crime of adultery. Adultery is not a crime in Sri Lanka. Besides, the Sri Lankan justice system does not recognize the punishment of stoning. Such a punishment is … Continue reading Statement on stoning of migrant worker from the Prime Ministers Task Force on Violence Against Women

Press Conference: Ensuring a 30% increase for women at Local Government

Women and Media Collective held a press briefing on the 8th of September 2015 to demand for a 30% increase in women’s political representation at Local Government. Compared with the rest of South Asia, Sri Lanka is in an unfortunate position when considering women’s representation in politics. Local Government is the first step in entering … Continue reading Press Conference: Ensuring a 30% increase for women at Local Government

Political Representation of Women at Local Government – Towards ensuring 30% increase

3 September 2015 Click here to read full screen or download statement 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—either in Parliament or in Provincial or Local Government. Therefore we welcome this government’s commitment to a 30% … Continue reading Political Representation of Women at Local Government – Towards ensuring 30% increase

Campaign for Sound National Policies

A press briefing on the Campaign for Sound National Policies was held yesterday at the Organisation of Professional Associations in Colombo. Dr. Sepali Kottegoda, Executive Director of Women and Media Collective (WMC) was on the panel that discussed the proposed 35 Ministry Cabinet under the 19th Amendment and the proposed ministry clustering for an enhanced … Continue reading Campaign for Sound National Policies

To all political parties: These are our concerns

Source: Sunday Observer Ensure women’s rights and gender equality By Women and Media Collective There are selected issues concerning the rights of women that all political parties are requested to commit to address: Independent National Commission on Women There is an urgent need to set up a strong formal institution with legal powers to address … Continue reading To all political parties: These are our concerns

Open Letter to all Political Parties – Key Pledges to be included in Manifestos

13th July, 2015 We the undersigned Sri Lankan civil society activists and organizations, wish to bring to your attention human rights issues of pivotal importance to reconciliation, unity, peace and prosperity in our country, which we strongly believe should be included in your party manifestos for the forthcoming General Election. During the campaign period leading … Continue reading Open Letter to all Political Parties – Key Pledges to be included in Manifestos