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A fathers responsibility
When the Ministry of Foreign Employment in Sri Lanka introduced the Family Background Report (FBR) it withdrew the rights of many women, with children below the ages of five, to seek employment abroad. Caring for children is a shared responsibility by both the mother and father. And although many...
CATAW 2006-2007 

• Research on the experiences of tsunami affected
   women was conducted in 2006. Interviews were
   conducted with women in Ampara, Batticaloa, Galle,
   Hambantota, Matara and Trincomalee. The report will
   be published in September 2007.
Comments on the Amended Local Authorities Elections Act (Sinhala)
පළාත් පාලන ආයතන තුළ ස්ත්‍රීන්ගේ නියෝජනය 25%කින් වැඩිකරන බවට රජය විසින් පොරොන්දුවක් ලබාදෙන ලදී. ඒ අනුව පසුගිය කාලය පුරා මේ ඉල්ලීම තහවුරු කරගැනීම පිණිස අප කාන්තා ක්‍රියාකාරිනියන් විසින් අදාළ දේශපාලන නායකයින් සමඟ සාකච්ඡාවට ද ලක්කරන ලදී. පසුගිය අගෝස්තු 25 වන දින පළාත් පාලන ආයතන ඡන්ද විමසීම් සංශෝධන පනත සම්මතවීමත්...
International Women’s Day 2007
International Women’s Day 2007 was celebrated by over 1,000 women from 40 women’s organizations belonging to the network Sri Lanka Women for Peace and Democracy. The women who attended were from Moneragala, Polonnaruwa, Kandy, Hatton, Puttalam, Kurunegala, Anuradhapura, Mahiyanganaya, Wilpotha, Rajanganay, Welikanda, Singhapura, Hambantota, Galle, Buttala, Badulla, Matara, Ratnapura,...
සුනිලා අබේසේකර දෙවර්ෂ පූර්ණ සැමරුම, ජාතික ගුවන් විදුලියේ වෙළඳ සේවය ඹස්සේ
සුනිලා අබේසේකර දෙවර්ෂ පූර්ණ සැමරුම ”ආදරයේ ඔබ ඔබමයි මා ඔබ නොව ඔබ මා නොව දවසක්දා……. හ`දුනා ගත්තොත් ඔබ මා…….” ඒ මියුරු යුග ගීයෙහි නින්නාද දෙන ගැඹුරු, භාවපූර්ණ, ස්ත‍්‍රී හෙ`ඩහි හිමිකාරිය වූ සුනිලා අබේසේකර සොයුරියගේ දෙවර්ෂ පූර්ණ සැමරුම වෙනුවෙන් ඇය විසින් ගායනා කළ මෙරට ගීත රසිකයින් ගේ ආදරයට පාත‍්‍ර වූ...
EROTICS: ‘Disrupting the Binary Code: Experiences of LGBT Sri Lankan’s Online’ (Study Launch)
Disrupting the Binary Code: Experiences of LGBT Sri Lankan’s Online, a research study looking at sexuality and ICT’s was launched recently. As part of the EROTICS South Asia Network, (short for exploratory research on ICT’s and sexuality), the study was conducted in partner with the Association for Progressive Communications....
CATAW 2005-2006 

• Livelihood disbursement to tsunami affected women,
   particularly vulnerable groups such as widows. Funding
   was channeled through selected women’s organizations
   with a record of working in these areas.   • Training of Trainers program- ‘Promoting the Rights of
   Women’- across six districts, Ampara, Batticaloa,
   Galle, Hambantota, Matara and Trincomalee, which
   focused on community workers who...
Sri Lanka consultation on CEDAW shadow report
A consultation focusing on the Sri Lanka Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (LBT) shadow report, submitted to Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) at the Sixty-sixth session, was held in Wadduwa recently. The consultation brought together rights activists and members of women’s rights and LGBT organisations to...
Voices from CSW62
Source: UN Women   “Rural women want equal pay for the work they do. They also want more sharing of work within the house. There’s a lot of emotional rhetoric around women’s unpaid work—that they do this out of love for the family. But the reality is that women...
Keynote: Women in Leadership (IWD2018)
Recognising Women in Leadership in Sri Lanka. Keynote Speech at the Launch of the Australian Awards Women in Leadership Network, Sri Lanka. Sepali Kottegoda, M.Phil, D.Phil (Sussex) Director Programmes, Women’s Economic Rights and Media Women and Media Collective 8 March 2018 Colombo. Your Excellency, High Commissioner Bryce Hutchesson, friends...
EYA 2016 : Annual Issue
රාජ්‍ය ප‍්‍රතිසංස්කරණය තුළ ස්ත‍්‍රී අයිතිවාසිකම්, එවරස්ට් තරණය කළ පළමු ශ‍්‍රී ලාංකිකයා ජයන්ති කුරුඋතුම්පාලගේ එවරස්ට් තරණයේ අත්දැක්මී ඇතුළු ලිපි රැසක් මෙවර ඇය 2016 වාර්ෂික කලාපයෙන්… Click here to download   EYA 2016 Annual Issue by wmcsrilanka on Scribd
A conversation with D’LO
By Hayley Karunadhara “You have a voice, and you have to use it, and you have to walk with integrity, and not be afraid to be vulnerable.” Encore, encore! D’Lo left the audience wanting more with his witty, enriching and heartfelt performance. His comic antic-combined with the stories about...
OutRight social media workshop
A social media workshop was organised by the Women and Media Collective for Feminist, women’s rights and sexual rights activists in the country. The workshop was designed to build a conversation around the prevailing narrative and content that is available online, particularly on social media, on the rights of...
CEDAW ඡායා වාර්තාව: ශ්‍රි ලංකාවේ සමකාමී කාන්තාවන්, ද්විලිංගික කාන්තාවන් සහ සංක්‍රාන්ති සමාජභාවී පුද්ගලයන්ට එරෙහි වෙනස් කොට සැලකීම.
CEDAW ඡායා වාර්තාව: ශ්‍රි ලංකාවේ සමකාමී කාන්තාවන්, ද්විලිංගික කාන්තාවන් සහ සංක්‍රාන්ති සමාජභාවී පුද්ගලයන්ට එරෙහි වෙනස් කොට සැලකීම 2018 පෙබරවාරි මස 13 සිට මාර්තු මස 03 දක්වා ස්විස්ටර්ලන්තයේ ජිනීවා නුවර පැවති කාන්තාවන්ට එරෙහි සියලූ‍ ආකාරයේ වෙනස් කොට සැලකීම් මුලිනුපුටා දැමීම සඳහා වන කමිටුවේ (CEDAW) 66 වන සැසි වාරයට ඉදිරිපත් කරන ලදී. ඉදිරිපත්...
Manual for Practicing Counselors
This is a manual for practicing counselors on how to address domestic and family violence faced by Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender women in Sri Lanka. The manual was developed by Women and Media Collective together with OutRight International. Click here to read or download the manual.
Statement about progress of petition filed against ‘liquor ban’, by women’s group and 16 individual petitioners
9 July 2018 The Supreme Court today, in an unanimous order, granted Petitioners, Women and Media Collective (WMC), Women’s Education and Research Centre(WERC), and the Centre for Women’s Research (CENWOR), and 16 other individual female petitioners, leave to proceed with their petition challenging the constitutionality of the recent Gazette...
International Women’s Day 2013
International Women’s Day 2013 was celebrated in Colombo on the 8th of March under the theme of “A promise is a promise: time for action to end violence against women”. A parade from Nugegoda Weli Park to the Ananda Samarakoon Open Air Theater in Nugegoda consisted of activists, street...
Women’s History Month on IWD 2017
The month of March is Women’s History Month which coincides with International Women’s Day. Thus in celebration of IWD 2017, we are featuring some of the most remarkable women from Sri Lanka. These info-graphics are profiles of women and their contributions to society and to the feminist movement. Women’s...
සංක‍්‍රමණිකයින්ගේ අයිතිවාසිකම් තහවුරු කරමු ! 2015 දෙසැම්බර් 18 වන දින ජාත්‍යන්තර සංක‍්‍රමණික දිනය සමරමු !
2015 වසරේ දී අප සමරනු ලබන්නේ 16 වන ජාත්‍යන්තර සංක‍්‍රමණික දිනයයි. දෙසැම්බර් 18 වන දින ජාත්‍යන්තර සංක‍්‍රමණික දිනය ලෙස 2000 වසරේ දී එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ සංගමය විසින් ප‍්‍රකාශයට පත්කරන ලදී. එදා සිට අද දක්වාම ලෝකයේ බොහෝ රටවල, විශේෂයෙන් සංක‍්‍රමණික සේවය සඳහා සේවකයින් යවන රාජ්‍යයන් විසින් මෙම දිනය සමරනු ලබයි. ලෝක...
SAWF Regional Meeting
Dr. Sepali Kottegoda of WMC, was on the opening plenary on the 14th of July, 2017, at the South Asia Women’s Fund (SAWF) Regional Feminist Movements in Kathmandu, Nepal. She discussed the current global and regional political climate and its impact on women’s rights organisations. Renu Rajbandani (Nepal), Sara...
Media Release: Letter to the Elections Commission, leaders of Political Parties and the Speaker of the House of Parliament
Letter to the Elections Commission, leaders of Political Parties and the Speaker of the House of Parliament DO NOT Default on Implementing the 25% Legally Binding Quota for Women We the undersigned Civil Society Organisations, including women’s groups, and women’s rights advocates are writing to call on the Chairman...
ACTFORM Training of Trainers Manual
A rights based training manual was developed by the Action Network for Migrant Workers (ACTFORM) in consultation with the training department of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE). Currently the SLBFE has 19 training centres and trainers from each department were brought in for the training of...
“Rala Matha Andi Roo” TV Programme
A series of Sinhala and Tamil television programmes on the issues faced by Tsunami affected women were telecast on Channel Eye and TNL in July 2005. Topics discussed included female participation on decision making, right to land, domestic violence and violence against women, livelihood, and conflict, peace and the...
Rise Up and Speak Up Together
‘Rise Up and Speak Up Together’, an event organized by the Forum Against Gender Based Violence on the 25th of November 2012 at the Galle Face Green, to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the start of 16 Days of Activism against Gender...
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...
Interview with Women’s Media Collective, Sri Lanka: About lesbian tutorials and other strategies
Sourc: GenderIT.org By Shubha Kayastha mage source: Shubha Kayastha (sketch by participants in a sexuality workshop). Title: freedom of thought. Description: Art work showing different way in which one can access knowledge and enjoy sexual rights. Shubha Kayastha interviewed research team including Sanchia Brown, Programme Officer at Women and...
EROTICS: Digital Storytelling Workshop
Storytelling is a powerful medium that allows people to describe an experience to a listening audience. While there are many ways in which stories are told, the Association for Progressive Communications together with the Women and Media Collective held a digital storytelling workshop to provide participants with the skills...
SOL 2016
ஆண்மைய அரசியலைக் கடந்து செல்லல்… மற்றும் அரசியலில் பெண்கள் Click here to download SOL 2016 ஆண்மைய அரசியலைக் கடந்து செல்லல்… மற்றும் அரசியலில் பெண்கள் (SOL 2016 ) by wmcsrilanka on Scribd
EROTICS: Feminist Internet Exchange pop-up
Greetings! Some feminist lovers of the internet and the Association for Progressive Communications are organising a Feminist Internet eXchange pop-up at the Reading Room, in Bangkok on 31st July 2017 (9:30am-5:30pm). This will be following the 2017 Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum. The main objective of this meetup...
Watch: Rights Talk
As part of the Commission’s International Women’s Day celebrations, please join Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins for a special International Women’s Day RightsTalk on gender equality and women’s work and care on the 2nd March 2017.
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