Developing World Connections (DWC) with funding support from Global Affairs Canada is partnering with SLCDF in a four-year project to combat sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and promote gender equality in the three districts of Hambantota, Batticaloa and Kilinochchi. The project will strengthen women’s groups and youth groups, to help their members prevent SGBV, support victims, and extend their outreach and impact to others in their respective districts. The project will aim to harness the imagination and energy of youth to find their own innovative ways of combating SGBV and promoting gender equality, through messages delivered by means of the arts and social media campaigns.
The National Action Plan for SGBV in Sri Lanka also includes a role for civil society. This project will work through women’s NGOs and expert trainers to provide values-changing training to Local Government officials at the village, divisional and district levels, to increase relevant officials’ understanding of gender equality and why and how to reduce SGBV in their jurisdictions in practical ways.
The project will enhance the cooperation between civil society and Local Government, with the objective of jointly developing stronger divisional and district operational plans against SGBV and linking to the National Action Plan on SGBV. This will enable NGOs and selected officials better equipped to implement these operational plans in their districts. Other elements include action research on priority topics. Project results at the grassroots will be case studies shared at the provincial and national level to influence anti-SGBV policy and practice.
Centre for Women’s Research (CENWOR) will act as the research partner for this programme.