Category: International

Civil society: Propose questions for UN Secretary-General Candidates

The Women’s Major Group (WMG) submitted the call for a Feminist SG with 500+ signatures to Member States last week, highlighting qualifications we seek. They could be useful in formulating questions. As a reminder, they were: We therefore call for a woman Secretary-General who has a demonstrable commitment to: · Advancing a bold, comprehensive women’s … Continue reading Civil society: Propose questions for UN Secretary-General Candidates

IWD 2016: Strengthening and Protecting the rights of women in Sri Lanka through the new constitution

The struggle for supporting and strengthening women’s human rights in the political, social and economical spheres is far from over. In Sri Lanka for instance various forms of discrimination and violence against women in private and public life continues to undermine the gains made in achieving relatively high social development indicators for women and girls. … Continue reading IWD 2016: Strengthening and Protecting the rights of women in Sri Lanka through the new constitution

Parliament’s Representation of Women: A Selective Review of Sri Lanka’s Hansards from 2005-2014

This book launched on the 30th of January 2016, provides a ‘thick description’ of the references made to women in Parliament. In this regard, it is different to other attempts at quantifying Parliamentary discourses around women1, adopting instead a qualitative approach. While recognizing the value of quantitative research, the aim of this volume is to … Continue reading Parliament’s Representation of Women: A Selective Review of Sri Lanka’s Hansards from 2005-2014

Written Statement for the 60th Session of the CSW

Source: ARROW Commission on the Status of Women Sixtieth session 14-24 March 2016 Follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women and to the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly entitled “Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century” Statement submitted by Asia Pacific Women’s Watch and Asian-Pacific Resource and Research … Continue reading Written Statement for the 60th Session of the CSW

Women’s contribution to the new constitution making process

The Women and Media Collective organised a round of discussion on the new constitution making process and to see the possibilities where women’s groups can intervene. The Discussions were conducted in Batticaloa , Kurunegala and Colombo with the participation of women activists, civil society organization members, women affiliated to political parties, Trade union women and … Continue reading Women’s contribution to the new constitution making process

A national conference for Women Headed Households

Under the banner ‘Empowering women headed households – A building block in the reconciliation process’ a national conference for women headed households took place on the 10th December 2015 at the BMICH. Viluthu, Centre for Human Resource Development in partnership with FLICT organised this event which brought together women headed households from the North and … Continue reading A national conference for Women Headed Households

The fuss and buzz over the Enrique bra – The Daily Mirror

Culture means a form or stage of civilisation of a nation: and it keeps changing Sri Lanka has been quite notorious in the international arena with regard to undergarments. Lingerie in particular. BuzzFeed, a popular American internet media company picked up the story about a confusing advertisement on lingerie by Triumph in Sri Lanka on … Continue reading The fuss and buzz over the Enrique bra – The Daily Mirror

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