An online discussion with five district consortia partners of Galle, Matara, Monaragala, Kandy and Kilinochchi districts to commemorate International Women’s Day was held on the 8th of March, 2021 from 9.30 am to 11.30 am. on the topic “New Normalcy and Women’s Empowerment”.
The discussion focused on the experiences and challenges endured by women during the COVID-19 pandemic and solutions to these issues and was joined by several representatives of key donor organizations including “The National Languages Equality Advancement Project” (NLEAP) and the European Union (EU). This discussion was a breakthrough attempt to give space and voice to women in society. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Kala Peris along with chief resource speaker for the event been Prof. Ramanie Jayatilake.
In addition, SLCDF Executive Director Mr. Tissa Wijetunga also spoke regarding SLCDF experience during the pandemic period. Moreover, women from different districts as well as communities stepped up and presented their experiences at the event.
This event became a platform that raised questions and began an initiative to be a spark that strives for change that looks for answers. This was achieved through the open discussion session that was led by the chief speakers Dr. Kala Peris and Prof. Ramanie Jayatilake who setup a stage for individuals from different communities and regions of the country to present their views and the challenges faced by the topic in discussion. It also enabled the discussion to be steered towards addressing processes that could be used and implemented in the future all the while also looking into stakeholder responsibilities.