Workshop report: Land rights in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka


CEDAW Training for Local Women’s Organizations in the Context of Conflict and Post-War Sri Lanka

A 5 day Residential Training was held in Colombo, on the use of CEDAW and UNSCR 1325 for information gathering and documentation purposes in relation to issues faced by women affected by the conflict. The training was conducted by WMC and IWRAW-AP and was attended by 20 participants (4 each from 5 partner organizations) from the following districts: Jaffna, Vavuniya, Batticloa, Amparia and Anuradhapura. The five partner organizations included Home for Human Rights, Viluthu, Surya Women’s Development Centre, Muslim Women’s Research and Action Forum and the Rajarata Community Centre.

Focus Group Discussion in Jaffna

The Women and Media Collective successfully conducted a 1-day Focus Group Discussion in Jaffna on the 2nd of July 2012, with participation from 3 districts: Surya Women’s Development Centre, Batticaloa; Home for Human Rights, Vavuniya; and Viluthu, Jaffna.

The purpose of the FGD was to gain an understanding on how information is currently being gathered and to assess the ways in which the CEDAW/UNSCR 1325 training on information gathering and documentation can be developed in order to benefit the partner organizations in their ongoing work in relation to women’s concerns in the post-war context.

All partner organizations present at the meeting were agreeable to participating in the “CEDAW/UNSCR 1325 Training Programme focused on Documentation and Information Gathering” that is scheduled to be held in Colombo, from 27 – 31 August 2012. As one of the key outputs of the training, partner organizations will prepare a report on the situation of women affected by armed conflict in response to the Paragraph 41 of the 2011 CEDAW Concluding Observations for Sri Lanka. It was also decided that the CEDAW Framework will not be used only for this short term report (due to be submitted in February 2013) but also for future advocacy work that will be conducted with the information gathered at local, national and international level.  The information will also feed into the proposed report to the Secretary General on UNSCR 1325 from Sri Lanka which will be written in 2013.

A key output of the FGD is the Concept Note for the CEDAW/UNSCR 1325 Training Programme which was prepared after taking into consideration the issues discussed during the FGD in Jaffna.