The war in Sri Lanka had a devastating impact on the families and communities especially in the North of the country where according to sources over 80 percent of women were either widowed, unmarried, divorced or living separately from their husbands. Among them, 70 percent were heading households and the majority had no jobs.
Kumari lost her brother and father to the conflict in Sri Lanka and has been working steadfastly for many years to rebuild her country and to heal communities. Currently, she is working as 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.