Imadr Asia Committee
No. 1149A, Kotte Road, Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka

“Right to Women’s Political Representation in Sri Lanka”

The International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR), Asia Committee has received a grant from the United Nations emocracy Fund to provide technical training, and facilitate political rights campaigns, action-oriented research, policy dialogue and learning from other South Asian countries under the project titled “Right to Women’s Political Representation in Sri Lanka” and to strengthen work related to the possible establishment of the Political Academy at the end of the UNDEF funded project. The project aims to increase women’s political leadership and participation in promoting democracy, good governance, gender equality, and peace-building in Sri Lanka. The expected outcomes are (i) Strengthening women’s capacities for effective participation (ii) influencing policy makers to introduce affirmative actions to increase women’s political participation and (iii) Improving access to election nomination and processes for prospective women politicians to engage in politics in a democratic manner. This project will use an approach which focuses on building public awareness, community mobilization, public outreach, campaigns, capacity and coalition building, and public support to strengthen cross-sector relationships to increase the presence of women in governance. On 2nd January IMADR-Asia Committee together with women political representatives and feminist activists launched the Women’s Political Manifesto 2015 focusing on the Presidential Election scheduled for 8th January as it’s the first action under this project. (pictures) More details of the project and specific activities will be uploaded in the coming months. IMADR Asia Committee has been involved with grassroots communities in Sri Lanka since 1996. It has an extensive outreach and has working partners in all 25 districts in Sri Lanka. It is also linked to civil society and women’s networks in the country. The work of WPASL during 2009 -2012 was carried out with the help of these members who form the operational arm of IMADR mission and vision in Sri Lanka