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 the event organized by GBV Forum on 25.11.2011 to commemorate the International Day Against Gender-Based Violence.
Background to press conference In the recent past, there has been an increase in the number of women migrating. Many of them go to the Middle East as migrant workers and the majority among them are Muslim, Sinhala and Tamil women. It is common knowledge that these migrant workers, whether they are from … Continue reading Press conference on the ILO Convention and the current state of Sri Lankan women migrant workers
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 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.
Following on from the ‘Global Consultation on the Application of Women’s Human Rights framework on the issues of Women in Conflict Situations’ held in Colombo in October 2010, the Colombo Group which includes WMC continued to work closely with the CEDAW Committee assisting with the elaboration of a General Recommendation to CEDAW on women and … Continue reading International Advocacy for CEDAW General Recommendation on Armed Conflict and Women
The activity plans of the district level member organizations of ACTFORM were discussed. The leaders from the district level organizations stated that programmes to gather domestic workers together are being carried out in Gampaha, Kurunegala, Chilaw and Kandy and they stressed the need for district level workshops to be held for their benefit. … Continue reading ACTFORM Committee Meeting
The constitution of ACTFORM was discussed at this meeting and it was decided that necessary amendments would be made. It was decided that the current work plan of ACTFORM would be discussed in a larger forum. It was decided that at the same forum, the planned activities with regard to Convention No. 189 of the … Continue reading Core Group Meeting
The main discussion at this committee meeting was the current activity plan of ACTFORM. At the same time the 2011 work plan was drafted. The need for a good setting in which to carry out the work was also discussed. Follow up work It was decided that two lawyers would be invited to … Continue reading ACTFORM Committee Meeting
In commemoration of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women which falls on the 25th of November, the GBV Forum launched a 16 day campaign (25th November to 10th December) to end violence against women. A billboard campaign was initiated this year as well, with the GBV Forum’s 2009 theme of “WE CAN … Continue reading 16 Days of Activism