To mark International Peace Day, a Women’s Peace Vigil was held on 21st September 2006 at Lipton Circus, Colombo. Women gathered from many parts of the island, including Batticaloa, Polonnaruwa, Kandy, Puttlum, Kurunegala, Balangoda, Galewela, Galle, Buttala, Badulla, Hatton, Mahiyanganaya, Jaela and Colombo. The peace vigil was to commemorate International Peace Day and to convey … Continue reading Women’s Peace Vigil for International Peace Day
The International Centre for Ethnic Studies, the Women & Media Collective and INFORM, jointly submitted a document, ‘Human Rights and Humanitarian Concerns of Women’ to the Co-Chairs Meeting which was held on 12 September 2006 inBrussels. A submission on gender issues was also made by various women’s groups to the Panel of Experts on Constitutional Reform … Continue reading Submission of “Human Rights and Humanitarian Concerns of Women”
The Sri Lankan Women for Peace and Democracy (SLWPD), of which the WMC is a member organisation, issued a Media Statement to all media institutions condemning the claymore attack allegedly by the LTTE on a passenger bus at Kebethigollewa on the 15th of June 2006. Although it was sent to all media institutions, it was actually … Continue reading Women Condemn the Attack on Civilians at Kebithigollewa
The WMC held a consultative meeting on 21st June 2006 to identify ‘Media Strategies on Awareness Raising and Implementation of the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act. Women from media institutions, women’s rights and human rights organizations participated. The meeting was held in response to a request made by the National Committee on Women which has a … Continue reading Media Strategies on Raising Awareness and Implementation of the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act
The WMC sent a statement to H.E. Mahinda Rajapakse, President of Sri Lanka, to the LTTE, the Inspetor General of Police and to the English, Sinhala and Tamil newspapers calling for responsible behaviour and an appeal to stop the killings on both sides, the government and the LTTE. This statement was sent together with 118 … Continue reading “Women say No to War”
The WMC used the medium of radio to strengthen peace advocacy by placing a series of 10 second Radio Spot Advertisements during the Vesak Week. This was broadcast in Sinhala on Sha FM and SLBC 11th – 14th of May 2006. The messages appealed for an end to all violence and killings.
On the 26th of April 2006 WMC issued a Media Statement with 65 women’s signatures as a response to the ban on women working in NGOs in the North and the East. The same Statement with signatures was sent to the President, District Secretary in Amparai and Batticaloa and the LTTE leaders in the North … Continue reading Media Release – “Defend Women’s Right to Work”
A banner campaign for the Vesak month was launched by the SLWPD, demanding an end to the war. All the slogans used were related to Buddhism, and 36 banners were designed in Sinhala. These banners were displayed near pandols (the lighted structure used for Vesak), famous temples and at major roundabouts in Colombo, Anuradhapura, Katunayake, … Continue reading Vesak Banner Campaign