UNIFEM and the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice present a documentary screening of "Leading the Way to Peace." The film documents the lives and work of four courageous women: Christiana Thorpe of Sierra Leone, currently serving as Chief Electoral Commissioner; Zarina Salamat of Pakistan, a leader in the peace movement between India and Pakistan; Shreen Abdul Saroor of Sri Lanka, one of the founders of Mannar Women’s Development Federation; and Luz Méndez of Guatemala, a respected gender activist who serves as President of the Advisory Board of the National Union of... Read more
A movie star, a beauty queen and a popular model are among candidates running in Sri Lankan's provincial elections on March 29, leading some Sri Lankans to accuse political parties of pushing "sex symbols" in the name of female political representation.
The arrival of models and actresses onto the political stage, with their pictures splashed across newspapers, is beginning to make voters wonder about the political motivation behind such moves.
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The Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) will hold the first ever Asia Pacific Feminist Forum (APFF) on 12-14 December 2011 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This event will bring together 100-150 activists- women lawyers, academics, advocates and youth leaders. It will be an occasion to celebrate our collective achievements, reflect on our challenges and political climates, deepen feminist knowledge and analysis, strengthen our sisterhood, solidarity and collaboration, and reaffirm our resolve to advance women’s rights.
Workshops will be divided into four... Read more
The Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) will hold the first ever Asia Pacific Feminist Forum (APFF) on 12-14 December 2011 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The APFF will bring together women activists, lawyers, academics, advocates and youth leaders to celebrate our collective achievements, reflect on our challenges and shifting political environments, deepen feminist knowledge and analysis, strengthen our sisterhood, solidarity and collaboration and reaffirm our resolve to advance women’s rights. For more information visit the APWLD website. Workshops will focus on: 1. ... Read more
Governance in all South Asian countries is imbued with a predominantly patriarchal character. This is reflected in the fact that women form a disproportionately small segment of representatives in elected bodies across all levels of governance, and several studies have indicated that even those women who are elected as representatives suffer severe limitations on their participation. In cognizance of this fact, the women’s movement in South Asian countries has been gaining strength in the last two decades, and demands for more equitable representation are being voiced across the sub-... Read more
CREA's Feminist Leadership, Movement Building, and Rights Institute South Asia
28 January - 1 February 2013
To apply online, click here. If you experience difficulty with the online method, download the application from CREA's website (www.creaworld.org) and e-mail the completed form to Sushma Luthra at firstname.lastname@example.org or to CREA at email@example.com. Send any queries to Ms Luthra as well.
Applications are due on or before 10 December 2012.
The Feminist Leadership, Movement Building, and Rights Institute--South Asia is an annual five-day residential training... Read more
In South Asia, the concept of power and authority are ascribed to certain social characteristics determined by the male privileged groups to exclude women. Women normally are not given the opportunity to hold positions of power in politics. Being powerless and marginalized women in South Asian society are at great disadvantage and experience injustice in inclusion and in the political domain. Gender based violence discourages women from actively participating in politics. Violence against women in politics (VAWIP) is an issue of concern. Almost all forms of gender based violence are used... Read more
Sri Lanka elects on national level a head of state - the president - and a legislature. The president is elected by popular vote for a six year term by the people. The Parliament has 225 members, elected for a six year term, 196 members elected in multi-seat constituencies through proportional representation system where each party is allocated a number of seats from the quota for each district according to the proportion of the total vote that party obtains in the district. The other 29 which is called the national list are appointed by each party secretary according to the island wide... Read more
This publication features a collection of 13 papers that discuss gender roles and e-governance, the ICT industry, cyber regulations, freedom of expression, right to information, and media. Rooted in the ground realities of women, the publication highlights a range of experiences in the South Asian region, including socio-cultural hierarchies and economic opportunities. Read more
These guidelines are a set of practical steps to assist governments, the non state sector and civil society to respond to women’s concerns and needs in post disaster situations. The guidelines have been developed based on the reports of the survey of women’s human rights violations in the aftermath of the December 26, 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the October 2005 earthquake in Pakistan. Read more
This website provides links to a number of country reports that were written based on research and dialogue with political parties. These reports examine the internal functioning and structure of political parties, as well as the external regulations and environment which shape their work. The website includes reports from Estonia, Namibia, Kenya, Ghana, Botswana, Sri Lanka, Nepal, South Africa, Armenia, India, Georgia, Bangladesh, Slovakia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Mauritius. Read more
Four years since the end of the armed conflict, the situation of minority women in the north and east of Sri Lanka has changed dramatically – and for many it is getting worse. In the latter stages of the conflict and its aftermath, military forces were responsible for a variety of human rights abuses against the civilian population, including extrajudicial killings, disappearance, rape, sexual harassment and other violations. In the current climate of impunity, sustained by insecurity and the lack of military accountability, these abuses continue.
• Four years after the end of... Read more
N-Peace is a multi-country network of peace advocates in Asia seeking to advance Women, Peace & Security (WPS) issues. It supports women’s leadership for conflict prevention, resolution and peace building, and promotes the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, and related resolutions, at regional, national and community levels.
They are active in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, the Philippines and Afghanistan. Its members represent civil society, government, non-government organizations, academia, United Nations agencies, religious groups... Read more
From the 3-10 February 2012, twenty-two women peace advocates from the N-Peace Network countries – Nepal, Timor-Leste, Sri Lanka and Indonesia – will participant in the first N-Peace Network Training of Trainers (ToT) Programme coordinated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Asia Pacific Regional Centre (APRC), in partnership with the Institute for Inclusive Security and supported by the Australian Government’s Agency for International Development (AusAID). The ToT is being carried out with the aim of increasing women’s knowledge, skills, and capacities to advocate for peace... Read more
In August 2005, the Sri Lankan Parliament unanimously passed the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act No 34 (PDVA), marking the culmination of a legal advocacy process initiated by a coalition of women’s NGOs in 1999. The unanimous vote, however masked deep hostility and anxieties expressed by a number of Members of Parliament (MPs), about the need for such an Act, its ‘western’, NGO origins antithetical to Sri Lankan culture and its negative impact on the family. The Act, as eventually passed, fell short of the expectations of women’s organisations, particularly as it failed to recognize ... Read more
This report compiles the results of a seminar entitled, "Parliament and the Budgetary Process, Including From a Gender Perspective," held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in May 2003. The seminar discussed themes such as the respective roles of government and parliament in the budgetary process, and the importance of gender-based budget-making and budget analysis. Read more
The report summarizes the key deliberations and outcomes of the said Conference organized in October 2011 by the Parliament of Bangladesh and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under the framework of the “Improving Democracy through Parliamentary Development” (IPD) Project in cooperation with the UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Center.
The report provides information on the regional and global women’s situation in Parliaments. It describes important conference themes including challenges and opportunities of increasing the participation of women in public life, political empowerment... Read more
This guide is the first of its kind to provide an overview of the current range of local representative arrangements and electoral systems in Asia and the Pacific. This easy-to-use guide will assist country offices/teams and government partners as programmes are shaped to make local decision-making processes more inclusive and accountable to all citizens. Read more
Amidst growing uncertainties in a globalised world, fundamentalist convictions have been gaining ground in many religions.
Reinforced by the threat from international terrorism, this renaissance of religious fundamentalisms has created ideological conditions for polarisation between ‘us’ and ‘them’, from community to transnational level. At national level, it has affected both politics and society, leading tosomething of a ‘retraditionalisation’ of gender roles. The understanding of fundamentalism is often one-dimensional, however, and dominatedby the fi gure of the male Muslim. In... Read more
UN Women’s programme “Promoting women’s political leadership and governance in India and South Asia” aims to empower elected women representatives in local governments to make public policy and resource allocation patterns responsive to women’s human rights.
Under this programme, UN Women has established a Regional Centre of Excellence (RCoE) on Gender Responsive Local Governance to transform institutions to make them more accountable to gender equality and women’s rights, and to strengthen the capacity and voice of women’s rights advocates.
Access the virtual Centre at http://www.... Read more