Ms. Seetha Bannak Gedara

Sri Lanka
Herself personally affected by the conflict, after having lost her father and brother to it, Bannak Gedara Seetha Kumari has been working steadfastly to rebuild her country and heal itscommunities.
Currently a Project Officer at the Association of War Affected Women, she is the team leader for the Ampare district in the Team 1325 project, which is composed of one woman from each of Sri Lanka’s 25 districts. The group's aim is to monitor the implementation of UNSCR 1325, and to enable and encourage women to run for political office; each woman team member is committed to train at least another 25 women in her district.
Bannak Gedara was involved in the reconstruction and reconciliation projects in the northern and eastern provinces. She has been working with youths; in the “Peace and Development in Sri Lanka” project, she promoted mutual understanding among youths of various races, and provided career guidance for youths whose schooling was disrupted by war.
At leading national non-governmental organization Sewalanka Foundation, where she served as a Senior Social Mobilizer, she supported disadvantaged rural communities in addressing their own development needs.
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