International Advocacy Event: Peace in Motion

Centre for Equality and Justice (CEJ) conducted an online advocacy event under a project titled, ‘Peace in Motion: Visualizing Women Peacebuilders Work in Sri Lanka’

This project was informed by a research study conducted by CEJ, where 25 Sri Lankan women peacebuilders’ views on various aspects of peacebuilding were documented. Their views form the foundation for this project in order to visibilise the work of women peacebuilders working on diverse platforms – such as digital, national, and at community level.

The International Advocacy Event on Women and Peacebuilding held on 28th November 2023, connected Sri Lankan women peacebuilders with global women peacebuilders and peacebuilding networks and organisations to share global and Sri Lankan best practices. Participants included international peacebuilders, international organisations, peacebuilders from Sri Lanka, academia, and CSOs in Sri Lanka working on peacebuilding.

Two speakers, Karina Santos of Cartografía Sur, Colombia and Juwairiya Mohideen, Executive Director of Muslim Women Development Trust (MWDT), Puttalam, Sri Lanka spoke during the event followed by a discussion moderated by Shyamala Gomez, Executive Director of CEJ.

Karina Santos spoke about global best practices on inclusive peacebuilding. Santos shared a selection of success stories and learnings from Cartografía Sur. She also showcased some of their work on youth and peacebuilding through art and culture. Juwairiya Mohideen spoke about including young women in peacebuilding initiatives on the ground. She shared her thoughts on effective ways in which young women can contribute to peacebuilding within communities.

The advocacy event concluded with the launch of a digital archive developed by CEJ under this project titled, ‘Digital Archive on Women, Youth and Peacebuilding’. CEJ’s Communications Consultant, Sahani Chandraratna presented the digital archive and guided the audience on how to navigate the virtual exhibition.

Click here to access the digital archive, available for viewing in English, Sinhala, and Tamil.