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Naushalya Rajapaksha 2015 Youth Delegate to the United Nations of Sri Lanka
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Following the August 2015 General Election in her country, Naushalya comments on the challenges women face in politics in Sri Lanka and the reasons that might deter women from getting involved in politics. She also gives valuable advice to the...
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
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...
Friday, May 02, 2014
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...
Monday, April 28, 2014
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...
Friday, April 11, 2014
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...
Friday, March 28, 2014
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...
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
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...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Highlighting news, interviews, resources and events on violence against women in politics
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
CREA's Feminist Leadership, Movement Building, and Rights Institute South Asia 28 January - 1 February 2013 Kathmandu, Nepal To apply online, click here. If you experience difficulty with the online method, download the application from CREA's...
Thursday, October 11, 2012
In partnership with Governments across South Asia, UN Women’s Executive Director Michelle Bachelet and four elected women representatives from South Asia launched the first ever knowledge hub for elected women representatives in rural areas across...
Monday, September 17, 2012
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Wednesday called for "concerted efforts" to guarantee women's say in decision-making and governance, and said it should be incumbent on political parties to ensure at least 30 per cent representation for them in...
Friday, September 07, 2012
Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) is to present a private member's motion in parliament to protect women and child rights in the country. UNP parliamentarian Rosy Senanayake says the bill while safeguarding women and child...
Thursday, August 02, 2012
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...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Women from 17 different political parties in Sri Lanka united on March 8th to create a declaration printed in newspapers for the International Day of the Woman. The declaration called for the end of political exclusion of women, for an...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Addressing the second International Women's Conference in Bangalore, India last Friday, Madam Shiranthi Rajapaksa said, "women, especially in the developing world face much hardship as a result of terrorism, poverty, lack of education, lack of...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Sri Lanka displays positive aspects regarding its population, other than in one area:the number of women in politics. According to 2009 data, women hold 13 out of the 255 seats in Parliament, that is five percent of all seats. Women tend to...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
"While on one side the conflict created havoc in Sri Lanka, on the other hand it—to some extent—helped to advance the rights of women, particularly in strongly male-dominated societies where the women’s place—to use a common phrase—is ‘at home...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Women should be included in political parties.  We have been working in one district as a pilot program to take women who are active in politics at district levels. We created profiles for them on their ability to mobilize people on their own...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Upeksha Suwarnamali became famous playing the role of 'Pabha', a poor young girl in love with a rich man in a long running hit television series in Sri Lanka. But these days, she is better known for her real life: A victim of domestic...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Today only 5.8 percent of the Sri Lankan parliament is female, most of whom were elected because they inherited a voter base from a male family member. And, at 1.8 percent, the rate of female representation in Sri Lanka’s local politics is...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Someone threw pieces of dead dog into Tamil campaign offices. Intimidation of opposition candidates also, who have interrupted their campaigns. The Women's Political Academy demands investigation. It is "urgent" to ensure a free and fair polls, in...
Friday, January 27, 2012
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...
Friday, October 28, 2011
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,...
Friday, October 28, 2011
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...
Thursday, July 28, 2011
  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...
Sunday, February 28, 2010
The event seeks to broaden public discussion on the important subject of increasing women’s representation in politics and decision making. With the Parliamentary election coming up in a few weeks, South Asian Women in Media (SAWM), Sri Lanka...
Friday, January 22, 2010
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...
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
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...
Saturday, January 24, 2009
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...
Saturday, January 24, 2009
The report presents testimonies from women’s groups involved in the relief efforts which indicate that women are more vulnerable and at risk during natural disasters. The report demonstrates that in disastrous situations women tend to have less...
Friday, January 23, 2009
This consolidated response analyzes current situation of women’s participation in local governments around the world and discusses the impact of women’s engagement in local politics.
Monday, August 18, 2008
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...
Friday, June 27, 2008
This publication examines the application of the principles of non-discrimination, participation, accountability and empowerment in governance arenas. It promotes the use of a human rights-based approach to programming on inclusive governance and...
Friday, June 27, 2008
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...
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
This two day training course will cover:-Practicing Vision Obstacles Strategies Actions (VOSA) techniques for shared visioning & community based strategic planning-Facilitating community based strategic planning sessions-Usage of community...
Thursday, February 21, 2008
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...
Thursday, September 13, 2007
This paper describes relationships between women and political parties in South Asia, with case studies of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and India. It also explores how political parties and social movements organize women and address women’s...
Friday, April 06, 2007
This document contains the reports from four panels featured in the seminar, "Emerging Issues in Asia," held in April 1999. These panels focused on effective strategies for human rights and legal reform; the participation of women in politics and...
Monday, March 19, 2007
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...
Friday, February 16, 2007
This report provides information on political parties in Sri Lanka. It examines the internal functioning and structure of the political parties, as well as the external regulations and environment which shape their work.

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