Sri Lanka has taken effective steps towards gender equality in education and economic inclusion. Though women’s participation is guaranteed by the Constitution, women’s representation in national parliament has remained stagnant at 5-6% over the last two decades, al beit women making up nearly 52% of the population.
In the aftermath of the Easter Attacks, concerted efforts towards social cohesion and gender equality must be taken to address root causes of the civil war and rise to meet new peace challenges. This year the N-Peace CSO Grants for Sri Lanka will support women’s networks in strengthening community resilience through social cohesion programmes; including inter-faith dialogues, addressing root causes of tensions, women’s mediation networks and explorations of new points of conflict.
Congratulations to the following organizations who have been selected for the small grants!
Asia-Lanka Social Development Cooperation
For facilitating community engagement in sustaining peace, while highlighting intersecting women, peace and security challenges through policy advocacy, and visual media.
CSR Lanka (Guarantee) Limited
For enhancing community and national resilience by engaging private and public sectors in increasing women’s agency in responding to localized peace challenges.
Towards Responsive Citizens
For its work using evidence-based research to identify and respond to past and emerging threats to social cohesion and women’s participation.
Good Neighbours, Sri Lanka
For proposed project aimed at empowering young women in decision-making roles and strengthening community resilience to conflict through interfaith networks.