Technical discussions with experts on selected subjects impacting on women such as the national budget, planning and budgeting for equality and inclusion, period poverty, violence against women, women’s unemployment and under-employment in the workforce, migrant workers rights, laws that impact adversely on women and other special groups of persons who are vulnerable to rights violations.
We have provided a collective proposal for integrating gender and social inclusion concerns into the proposed and pending Constitutional Reforms to the Ministry of Justice.
We have participated in planning meetings with NGOs and CSO to inform them of our agenda and hear from them how they could assist us, keeping in mind our plans and goals.
We have participated in events to mark International Women’s Day 2021 with a view to advocate for women’s rights in politics, in the world of work and in the domestic sphere.
We have launched our own Caucus of the 9th Parliament website to mark International Women’s Day 2021.
We conducted panel discussions to debate the budget issues with male champions from amongst the MPs and announced our plans as a Caucus through a panel discussion so that the public will better understand our vision as a Caucus.
We have also held a media conference on the occasion of IWD 2021 through our own Parliamentary Media Centre, to reach out to the public and engage with them on this significant day.
We lobbied and advocated against the discrimination metered to DIG Bimshani Jasin Arachchi recently and made our dissenting voice heard forcefully. We were well supported by our male colleagues in Parliament too and this was very encouraging.
We have advocated for the setting-up of a Select Committee to specifically address Women’s issues that are brought to Parliament through public hearings or similar forums.
We have participated in two public hearing – listening to the voice of victims from diverse sectors. They discussed with us very openly their experiences of sexual exploitation in the workplace and a plea taken up on ensuring the ratification of ILO Convention 190 – to end violence and sexual harassment in the workplace.
We have also participated in a hearing from stakeholders who have undertaken comprehensive research on land issues and heard directly from women affected by land issues. We will refer the issues to the appropriate consultative committees on receipt of complete evidence advocating for solutions for these women and their poor families.