Women’s Perspectives Reflected in Selected Mainstream / Alternative Media A survey was conducted after airing the clips on the 1325 UN resolution. Though there were a few listeners that recognized the topics of the radio clips the majority had not heard of Resolution 1325 before.
ACTFORM produced a documentary on Ariyawathie from Hakmana, Matara (in the Southern Province) who was inhumanely tortured while working in Saudi Arabia in 2010 by her employers who hammered nails into various parts of her body. The documentary is in Sinhala with English subtitles. DVDs were distributed to relevant Ministries, migrant worker organizations, trade unions etc. and … Continue reading Documentary on migrant worker Ariyawathie
WMC attended a panel discussion organized by CPA on 29.11.2011 on Internet and Web Censorship
WMC attended a press conference on 17.11.2011 regarding the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda
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
WMC organized a meeting with Sinhala and Tamil language women bloggers, the first of its kind in Sri Lanka. The meeting was held on the 9th of September 2011. It was attended by over 20 bloggers including several bloggers from Jaffna.
WMC attended the launch of four books on the 18th August 2011 by prominent author and former advisory board member of WMC Anula De Silva.
WMC held a press conference on the 17th of August 2011 in order to discuss the issue of “Grease Devils” which spread fear among women all over the country for several months and subjected them to a great deal of abuse. It was attended by a group of women including those from the Eastern province, … Continue reading Press Conference on the issue of “Grease Devils”
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?