Category: SGBV

Counselling for Intimate Partner Violence against Women

by Chulani Kodikara More and more women in Sri Lanka are breaking the silence surrounding intimate partner violence against women (IPVW) to a third person outside their immediate family and friends and seeking formal institutional support to address the problem. This has to be attributed to both consciousness-raising programmes held through workshops, publications and media … Continue reading Counselling for Intimate Partner Violence against Women

The prevention of Domestic Violence Act and implementation problems

by Chulani Kodikara Following a number of years of lobbying by women’s organisations, the government of Sri Lanka in 2005 passed the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (PDVA). The Act fell short of the expectations of women’s organisations on a number of counts. Nevertheless it is a victory gained by the women’s movement in Sri … Continue reading The prevention of Domestic Violence Act and implementation problems

Civil Society Steering Committee statement on the Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

4 December 2014 The Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Beijing +20 Review provided a historic opportunity for governments and civil society to undertake an honest review of the structural barriers that prevent gender equality and violate women’s human rights. The meeting was intended to improve accountability for implementation of the … Continue reading Civil Society Steering Committee statement on the Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

Fairness prevails for the murder and rape of FTZ woman worker says women’s groups

A high court judge sentenced a medical doctor, of the Negambo hospital, to death on the 3rd of September 2014 for the murder of young woman in 2007. Chamila Dissanayake (23) who was working in the Free Trade Zone (FTZ) in Katunayake was raped, strangled and then pushed to hear death, according to medical reports, … Continue reading Fairness prevails for the murder and rape of FTZ woman worker says women’s groups

WMC condemns the societal indictments of Thilini Amalka

The Women and Media Collective condemns the socially-motivated indictments of Thilini Amalka, a 21 year old girl from Wariyapola. Thilini who had supposedly been sexually harassed by a man at the Wariyapola bus stand was summoned by the Wariyapola Police for questioning on the 25th of August. The police, instead of taking proper action with … Continue reading WMC condemns the societal indictments of Thilini Amalka

Statement: 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence 2013

Sixteen days of activism against Gender Violence is an annual international campaign which takes place from the 25th November to the 10th of December. Last year women’s organizations from the North and Eastern parts of Sri Lanka contributed to the 16 days of activism against Gender Violence by initially highlighting reported incidents of sexual violence … Continue reading Statement: 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence 2013