Peace in Motion

Visibilizing The Work Of Women Peacebuilders In Sri Lanka

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This virtual exhibit showcases materials developed by young women peacebuilders during residential workshops and peacebuilding activities in the Puttalam, Vavuniya, Kilinochchi, Hambanthota, Batticaloa and Anuradhapura districts.

Women peacebuilders’ experiences in Sri Lanka are similar to those of women across the world. Their roles and contributions are frequently overlooked, minimized, excluded, or invisible. In this context, it is critical that Sri Lanka continues to mould and encourage women peacebuilders, including young women peacebuilders, to pursue this critical work so that Sri Lanka will see sustainable and lasting peace.

This project is based on a research study conducted by the Centre for Equality and Justice (CEJ) in 2021 to document the views of 25 women peacebuilders on varied aspects of peacebuilding, such as the challenges they face, the support they receive, and how they view their role in the community.

To advance this work, CEJ collaborated with SAFE Foundation and Rajarata Praja Kendraya (RPK) in Anuradhapura, Viluthu, Muslim Women Development Trust (MWDT), and Praja Diriya Padanama in Puttalam, Network for Advocating Requirements of Women (NewAROW) in Batticaloa, Women Development Federation in Hambanthota, Institute for Social Development in Kandy, and Organization for Elangai Refugees Rehabilitation (OfERR) in Vavuniya on this project. Through workshops, seed grants, networking, and this digital archive, CEJ and its partner organisations aimed to build linkages for collective peace advocacy, encourage young women to join the work, and visibilize and recognize the work of women peacebuilders working on diverse platforms, from online work to grassroots advocacy to national activism.


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