Domestic Workers Union (DWU)

DWU is an organic organization in Sri Lanka led by domestic workers that works for a free and equal society where there is no violence and no worker is discriminated against.

DWU gives workers awareness about their rights, knowledge about labour laws and procedures as well as forms of rights violation. The organization encourages workers to act against violations of domestic worker’s rights and facilitates their collective leadership.

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Shirkat Gah

Shirkat Gah works towards a just, vibrant and democratic society in which women are fully empowered; human rights and dignity are enjoyed by all equally without discrimination and where peace prevails and resources.

The organization is building and enhancing women’s conceptual understanding of and ability to exercise bodily rights especially sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), violence against women and Personal Status Law.

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Institute for Women’s Empowerment (IWE)

Institute for Women’s Empowerment strives for a new world built by women that is just, peaceful and sustainable. Their aim is to create safe spaces for strengthening women’s capacity to realize their potential.

IWE is guided by feminist values as the organization navigates change by providing a supervisory compass for the executive committee and staff; and sending a message to those being served by the organization and the community-at-large about the agenda and mission of the organization.

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The women’s struggle is constantly kicking for change and it’s giving a momentum to the feminist movement in the region. Get in touch with the latest news and events leading to a more just society.

A theory to change the world!

Gender inequality norms are deeply entrenched in the structures of family, community, and State, resulting in structural and systemic as well as interpersonal violence against women and girls (VAWG). VAWG is inextricably linked to women’s lack of political influence as well as economic power deficit. Gendered divisions of labour and unequal power relations in the private/family and public spheres reinforce each other in undermining women’s agency to claim rights. Subordination in the family (e.g. denying freedom of movement, only recognizing women’s reproductive role as their societal contribution) shapes State laws and policies as well as the configuration of labour markets in ways that discriminate against women and restrict their access to information, resources and opportunities, including education and livelihood options. Vice-versa, women’s unequal status in the public sphere, reflected in discriminatory laws and values, supports and legitimises the inferior status accorded women and girls in the private sphere.

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