Category: State and Politics

Press Briefing: civil society report on Provincial Council Election System

At a press briefing this morning a committee comprising of civil society presented a report of recommendations in review of the provincial council election system. The report is a result of several drawbacks that are, at present, looming over the provincial councils act and the electoral system. It was emphasised that consultations for the report … Continue reading Press Briefing: civil society report on Provincial Council Election System

It’s Not her Midriff (or her Arms or Legs), it’s You!

Source: catseyesrilanka Nearly 20 years ago, Cat’s Eye[1] wrote about the peculiar stereotypes expected of ‘good Sri Lankan women’ who are also not just women, but ‘wives and mothers of the nation’. This column drew public attention several times to the sexist double standards and the quick and ready social stigma that follows if and … Continue reading It’s Not her Midriff (or her Arms or Legs), it’s You!

Statement on the Death Penalty in Sri Lanka

Image: Front Page Africa To read the statement in Sinhala and Tamil click here 18 July 2018 As feminists, human rights defenders, university teachers, academics,women’s rights activists and organizations and as citizens involved in working towards the realization of the equal rights of all people, we strongly condemn any attempts by the President and others … Continue reading Statement on the Death Penalty in Sri Lanka

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

The importance of the 25% quota for women in Local Government

A media briefing to highlight the importance of the 25% women’s quota brought about for the upcoming Local Government elections was held at the Renuka Hotel in Colombo. With the mixed electoral system and the women’s quota, the elections, which are expected to be held on the 10th of February 2018 will be a historic … Continue reading The importance of the 25% quota for women in Local Government

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

Discussion on LA Act. – 25% quota for women

A meeting to discuss the Local Authorities Elections Amendment Act within the purview of the newly introduced provisions for women’s representation in Local Government was organised by the Women and Media Collective, on Friday 6th of October 2017. The new electoral system and the 25% quota allocation for women were discussed at length among women … Continue reading Discussion on LA Act. – 25% quota for women