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Pushing for a “feminist transformation of power” in Sri Lanka

Click here to listen to the interview The situation for women in Sri Lanka is not optimal. However, grassroots organizations, such as the Women and Media Collective, are working hard to remedy that – challenging patriarchal norms and advocating for policy change. At the UN for the Commission on the Status of Women, Programme Director … Continue reading Pushing for a “feminist transformation of power” in Sri Lanka

Rural Women Activists Share Their Biggest Successes – and Battles Ahead

Source: newsdeeply.com At the Commission on the Status of Women in New York, we speak with activists from Sri Lanka, India and the Philippines about the progress they’ve made on economic advancement for women in their communities – and the challenges that lie ahead. Sepali Kottegoda is an academic, women’s rights activist and technical adviser … Continue reading Rural Women Activists Share Their Biggest Successes – and Battles Ahead

Women’s groups meet with Elections Commissioner and Minister on quota

Members from the Women and Media Collective, the women’s resource Center in Kurunegala, Viluthu in the North and East and the women’s Development Center in Badulla met with the Elections Commissioner and the Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils, Hon. Faizer Mustapha to discuss the assurance of containing the 25% quota for women in … Continue reading Women’s groups meet with Elections Commissioner and Minister on quota

Minister responds to implementation of women’s quota

The Women and Media Collective (WMC) attended the meeting organised by the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government on the 27th of February, to discuss the implementation of the 25% quota for women in local government. WMC together with other women’s organisations in the country met with Hon. Minister Faizer Mustapa to ensure that … Continue reading Minister responds to implementation of women’s quota

Media Release: Letter to the Elections Commission, leaders of Political Parties and the Speaker of the House of Parliament

Letter to the Elections Commission, leaders of Political Parties and the Speaker of the House of Parliament DO NOT Default on Implementing the 25% Legally Binding Quota for Women We the undersigned Civil Society Organisations, including women’s groups, and women’s rights advocates are writing to call on the Chairman and Members of the Election Commission … Continue reading Media Release: Letter to the Elections Commission, leaders of Political Parties and the Speaker of the House of Parliament

EROTICS: ‘Disrupting the Binary Code: Experiences of LGBT Sri Lankan’s Online’ (Study Launch)

Disrupting the Binary Code: Experiences of LGBT Sri Lankan’s Online, a research study looking at sexuality and ICT’s was launched recently. As part of the EROTICS South Asia Network, (short for exploratory research on ICT’s and sexuality), the study was conducted in partner with the Association for Progressive Communications. The EROTICS research, unpacks the ways … Continue reading EROTICS: ‘Disrupting the Binary Code: Experiences of LGBT Sri Lankan’s Online’ (Study Launch)

Female politicos get chance to prove their worth

Source: Sunday Times Sri Lankan women contesting the local elections in large numbers amid obstructions and challenges this year will take a step towards greater political empowerment, while also being seen to be tools of powerful political backers rather than those committed to serving the people. Some civic groups believe candidates also have a responsibility … Continue reading Female politicos get chance to prove their worth

In photographs: WMC’s partner meeting on women’s political representation

A partner meeting in Kaluthara was organised by the Women and Media Collective with five women organisations in the country to discuss steps and challenges ahead, for women contesting in the upcoming Local Government elections. With the inclusion of a 25% quota for women in Local Government, women’s rights organisations are working towards ensuring that … Continue reading In photographs: WMC’s partner meeting on women’s political representation