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The Quota for Women in Local Government: A pledge for parity and a parody in parliament?

The Quota for Women in Local Government: A pledge for parity and a parody in parliament?

Source: Groundviews By Chulani Kodikara The theme for International Women’s Day this year is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it up for Gender Equality”. A good day to reflect on the 25% mandatory quota for women in local government passed by parliament almost exactly one month ago amidst an uproar created by members of the...

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IWD 2016: SAWM calls for gender equality

IWD 2016: SAWM calls for gender equality

Committed to fair gender portrayal within and outside the media, South Asian Women in Media (SAWM) Sri Lanka, marks International Women’s Day 2016 with a call for journalists to stand up for gender equality and make fair gender portrayal a professional and ethical aspiration, similar to respect for accuracy, fairness and honesty. One of the...

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Civil society: Propose questions for UN Secretary-General Candidates

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...

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

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....

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

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...

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Written Statement for the 60th Session of the CSW

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...

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16 Days of Activism against GBV 2015 campaign

16 Days of Activism against GBV 2015 campaign

The 16 days of Activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV) online campaign for the year 2015 was designed to bring attention to the forms of GBV prevalent in Sri Lanka. The campaign was carried out alongside the 16 days activities that were organised on the ground, a joint effort by members of the GBV Forum....

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Women’s contribution to the new constitution making process

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...

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