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Women in Politics


WMC has long been an advocate for affirmative action to increase women's political representation. Strategies for increasing women's representation have included WMC advocating directly with the leadership of mainstream political parties, collaborating with other women's groups and networks, influencing the Constitutional drafting processes through proposing an affirmative action policy, etc.

WMC has supported the candidature of independent women contestants fielding women only lists. This initiative provided women with hands on experience of electoral processes, preparation of manifestos and election campaigning on a gender sensitive manifesto.

WMC has also focused on strengthening women's capacity in Local Government, working with locally based women's organizations that are gender sensitive, concerned with good governance and interested in political representation.

The political representation of women is strategically intended to:

  • Improve good governance at the local level through the observance of selected Local Government bodies
  • Promote interaction between local government members and community groups to improve governance at local level
  • Increase representation of women in political institutions and decision making processes

Activities

Photo Gallery
Newspaper ads for amendment of Local Authorities Election Act

    "Press conference with women      candidates from Galle for Local      Government Election 2011
     February 2011"

Newspaper ads for amendment of Local Authorities Election Act

    "Press conference with women      candidates from Kurunegala for Local      Government Election 2011
     February 2011"

Newspaper ads for amendment of Local Authorities Election Act

    "Press conference with women      candidates from Badulla for Local      Government Election 2011
     February 2011"

Newspaper ads for amendment of Local Authorities Election Act

    "Hoarding for 30% nominations at      upcoming Local Government election"

Newspaper ads for amendment of Local Authorities Election Act

    "Newspaper ads for amendment of Local      Authorities Election Act"

Felicitation ceremony for the women MPs of the 7th Parliament

    Felicitation ceremony for the women MPs     of the 7th Parliament
    08.06.2010

Give Your Preferential Vote to a Woman Candidate

    Give Your Preferential Vote to a Woman     Candidate

UNIFEM Partner Meeting 01

    UNIFEM Partner Meeting 01
    24.03.2010

Newspaper advertisement on increasing women's representation at the 2010 parliamentary election

    Newspaper advertisement on increasing     women's representation at the 2010
    parliamentary election

International Women's Day

    International Women's Day
    08.03.2010

Movie theater advertisement campaign to increase votes for women candidates at the 2010 parliamentary election

    Movie theater advertisement campaign to     increase votes for women candidates at     the 2010 parliamentary election
    March-April 2010

Women's March

    Women's March
    January 2010

Women's Training Programme - Monaragala

    Women's Training Programme -     Monaragala
    August 2009

Consultative Forum, Jaffna July 2009

    Consultative Forum, Jaffna
    July 2009

Celebrating Women in Politics June 2009

    Celebrating Women in Politics
    June 2009

Meeting with Provincial Commissioner December 2008

    Meeting with Provincial Commissioner     December 2008

LG Observers Meeting with Provincial Commissioner, Monaragala December 2008

    LG Observers Meeting with Provincial     Commissioner, Monaragala
    December 2008

FLICT Partner Day, Beruwela October 2008

    FLICT Partner Day, Beruwela
    October 2008

Gender Budgeting Workshop Badulla May 2008

    Gender Budgeting Workshop Badulla
     May 2008

Awareness Raising Workshop Buttala April 2008

    Awareness Raising Workshop Buttala
    April 2008

Awareness Raising Workshop Badulla February 2008

    Awareness Raising Workshop Badulla     February 2008

Awareness Raising Workshop Bandarawela January 2008

    Awareness Raising Workshop     Bandarawela January 2008

Awareness Raising Workshop Passara December 2007

    Awareness Raising Workshop Passara     December 2007

Awareness Raising Workshop Hali Ela December 2007

    Awareness Raising Workshop Hali Ela     December 2007

Awareness Raising Workshop Siyambalanduwa December 2007

    Awareness Raising Workshop     Siyambalanduwa December 2007

Strategic Planning and Capacity Building Workshop

    Strategic Planning and Capacity Building     Workshop
    October 2007

Consultation with the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Electoral Reforms on behalf of women’s networks

    Consultation with the Chairperson of the     Parliamentary Select Committee on     Electoral Reforms on behalf of women’s     networks
    June 2007

Election Campaign for Independent Party from Kurunegala Women's Resource Center

    Election Campaign for Independent Party     from Kurunegala Women's Resource     Center

Local Government Observers Training Programme

    Local Government Observers Training     Programme
    November 2006

Media Conference for Independent Women's List

    Media Conference for Independent     Women's List
    01/03/2006

Training for Women Candidates

    Training for Women Candidates
    February 2006

Statements & Related Documents

Memorandum to main presidential candidates of 2010 on the political representation of women
English | Sinhala | Tamil

Report on Strengthening Governance and Increasing Women's Representation in Local Government - Badulla
11/02/2009

We Women campaign
English | Sinhala | Tamil
January 2008

Joint Submission made to Panel of Experts on Constitutional Reform
08/09/2006

Media Release - “Defend Women’s Right to Work”
27/04/2006

Submission to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Electoral Reforms.
MAY 2004


 

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