Category: Gender and Sexuality

National Women’s Convention 2016

The annual Sri Lankan National Women’s activists Convention organised by the Women and Media Collective was an opportunity to revisit ‘feminist understanding of the current political dynamics in Sri Lanka’. It brought together around 40 feminists and women activists, some representing organisations while others individually, to Wadduwa from the 14 – 16 of October 2016. The … Continue reading National Women’s Convention 2016

Launching of ‘Ethno-Religious Nationalism and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Sri Lanka

The Women and Media Collective launched a research report titled ‘Ethno-Religious Nationalism and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Sri Lanka: a social media, print media and policy review’ at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) on the 11th of October 2016. At the launch the researchers presented their findings and this was … Continue reading Launching of ‘Ethno-Religious Nationalism and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Sri Lanka

Submission on LGBTIQ Persons and Transitional Justice Mechanisms

TO THE ZONAL TASK FORCE AND THE CONSULTATION TASK FORCE FOR RECONCILIATION MECHANISMS Source: Groundviews Photo Courtesy: 30 Years Ago Introduction We present this submission as individuals self-identifying as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer (LGBTIQ), as family members and friends of LGBTIQ people, and as individuals/communities coming forward in support of Sri Lankans … Continue reading Submission on LGBTIQ Persons and Transitional Justice Mechanisms

Options 2015: Issue 1

This is the fiftieth anniversary issue of the Options magazine which has been based on the theme Sexual Rights and Reproductive Health and Rights. You can read the Options magazine online or click here to download it in a PDF format. OPTIONS (50) 2016 by wmcsrilanka on Scribd

DAWN at CPD 49: Meeting the SRHR of all people: Advancing the Montevideo Consensus agenda

Source: DAWN Chair: Kumudini Samuel, DAWN (Sri Lanka) Speakers: • Cecilia Stapff, Representative of the Uruguayan Delegation for CPD (Uruguay) • Julia Terborg, Center for People’s Devt (Suriname) • Oriana Lopez, RESURJ (Mexico) • Cai Yiping, DAWN (China) The Permanent Mission of Uruguay and DAWN co-sponsored a side event at the 49th session of UN Commission … Continue reading DAWN at CPD 49: Meeting the SRHR of all people: Advancing the Montevideo Consensus agenda

A Meaningful Right to Equality and Non-Discrimination: Recognising Sexual and Gender Identities

Source: Groundviews  In response to the call by the Public Representations Committee (PRC) for public submissions relating to proposed constitutional reforms, the following submission was made to the PRC on March 15th 2016. Titled ‘A Meaningful Right to Equality and Non-Discrimination: Recognising Sexual and Gender Identities’ this submission focused on specific challenges faced by members … Continue reading A Meaningful Right to Equality and Non-Discrimination: Recognising Sexual and Gender Identities

Confusion leads to INCONSISTENCY in sentencing – Daily News

Source: Daily News A tussle between judicial discretion and mandatory sentencing has given rise to inconsistency in sentencing on cases heard in country’s judicial system. The gravity of the issue is further heightened when examining sentences given on sexual offenses, prompting different rights organisations to even file fundamental rights applications on the issue. However, remedies … Continue reading Confusion leads to INCONSISTENCY in sentencing – Daily News

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