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Women in Politics – Sybil Wettasinghe

Women in Politics – Sybil Wettasinghe

Sri Lanka has never had more than 6% of representation of women in Parliament. Currently we have 13 female members out of the 225 members in the parliament. These statistics are the lowest in South Asia.However, Sri Lanka became the first country in South Asia to give women the right to vote in 1931. In … Continue reading

GBV in public transport by Sybil Wettasinghe

GBV in public transport by Sybil Wettasinghe

Sexual harassment in public transport has become a widespread problem in Sri Lanka. It has been found that 94% of women are subjected to sexual harassment in buses and trains. Travelling alone, falling asleep, crowding and not protesting against sexual advances are known to be some of the contributory factors leading to GBV in public. … Continue reading

Happily Never After by Natalie Soysa

Happily Never After by Natalie Soysa

(Based on a True Story) Colombo, 1973 Sunday morning. And Radio Ceylon plays her favourite; ‘Someday my Prince will Come’ from the 1937 Disney classic, Snow White. She rises to sit by her windowsill and dreams of that someday when he would come for her. 1976 Today was that someday; her Prince Charming had come … Continue reading

Street drama by ACT Sri Lanka to raise awareness for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence Campaign -2015 – Lasya Perera

Street drama by ACT Sri Lanka to raise awareness for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence Campaign -2015 – Lasya Perera

Article by Lasya Perera, Social activist & Student Social Worker To raise awareness on Violence against Women, Sri Lanka and the rest of the world joined in to commemorate the International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women which is on the 25th of November 2015. Parallel to this, the Gender Based Violence Forum launched the … Continue reading

Stop violence against women – Sri Lanka Mirror

Stop violence against women – Sri Lanka Mirror

Source: Sri Lanka Mirror Community groups, aid agencies, governments and businesses around the world will host events to mark the annual campaign, which seeks to highlight that an estimated one in three women will suffer physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. UN Women wants to “light the world orange”, the official colour of the … Continue reading

UN-backed forum against gender based violence opposes death penalty *Deputy Justice Minister calls for devolution of AG’s powers – The Island

UN-backed forum against gender based violence opposes death penalty *Deputy Justice Minister calls for devolution of AG’s powers – The Island

Source: The Island Women and Child Affairs Minister Chandrani Bandara addressing the media at Colombo Hilton Residences on Thursday. She is flanked by Deputy Justice Minister Dushmantha Mithrapala and Dr. Sepali Kottegoda (Pic by Sujatha Jayaratne) By Shamindra Ferdinando The UN-backed Forum against Gender Based Violence yesterday declared that it wouldn’t back moves being made … Continue reading

Call for submissions

Call for submissions

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign 2015: November 25 – December 10 (Send in your entries by the 20th of November 2015) In a month from now the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence Campaign will take centre stage globally to highlight the violations that undermine the human rights of individuals in … Continue reading

GBV Forum policy dialogue 2014

GBV Forum policy dialogue 2014

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV) campaign is not merely a time to build global awareness and strengthen public support on actions taken to end GBV but it is also a time for policy makers to reiterate the processes and practices adopted to end to all forms of violence against women. … Continue reading