Sunday, 05 July 2015 15:31

Healing the Wounds of War

Although they make up over half of the population and live in the country that elected the world’s first woman prime minister, women in Sri Lanka are poorly represented at the top of the decision making process. While often bearing the brunt of the country’s 30-year civil war, they are not consulted in post conflictpeace building activity.

In order to bring women’s perspectives into the national reconciliation process, NPC is implementing “Post-Conflict Healing: A Women’s Manifesto” with funding from FOKUS Women. FOKUS consists of 74 women's organizations from Norway that share a vision of women united to change the world, in which women's organizations form the basis for egalitarian societies free from oppression.

Through capacity building, the project aims to increase female participation in decision making at the local and grass root level. There are healing activities as well as a platform for the voice of woman to be heard. The manifesto will articulate women’s perspectives of transition from post-conflict to peace and translate them into action through advocacy to policy makers and authorities.

The NPC has an island wide outreach and has worked in every province in the country, gaining understanding of the issues that affected minority communities and women. The work is being carried out in the Vavuniya, Mannar, Trincomalee, Ampara, Galle, Hambantota Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Puttalam Districts. Some such as Vavuniya, Mannar, Ampara and Trincomalee were directly affected by the war while others such as Galle and Hambantota have a high number of war widows. Kandy and Nuwara Eliya are home to the minority Tamil estate community while Puttalam plays host to many Internally Displaced Persons from the Tamil and Muslim communities.

The project aims to building capacity, encouraging increased participation and representation of women at local and grass root level; create post conflict healing; advocate/publish women’s perspectives on post conflict processes and peace building;

And train participants on transitional justice, women’s rights, role of women in post conflict society, reconciliation, the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission and its recommendations and UN Security Council Resolution 1325 that deals with women and security.

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