Commemorating The International Right to Truth day
Viluthu strengthens women headed households by Commemorating International Right to Truth day in its project locations. Viluthu has organized and held meetings at Vallipunam, in the Mullaitivu district, Thambalakamam in Palai in the Kilinochchi District, Aandankulam in Manthai West in the Mannar District and at the Viluthu office premises in the Trincomalee and Batticaloa Ddistricts, in order to commemorate the International day for Right to Truth, on the 24th of March 2016. News articles have been published in the Valampuri and Thinakkural Daily News Papers about this event.
Viluthu Empowers War Affected Women
Viluthu Centre for Human Resource Development, Sun Women’s Federation and Amara Women Heads of Households, Jointly Commemorated the International Women’s day in Puttalam on 9th April 2016. A grand meeting was held from 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m., to introduce the National Widow’s Charter to the North-Western Provincial Council and to emphasize the role of war affected women heads of households in Transitional Justice process. More than 200 people from all three communities participated in this event.
The Chief Guest of the event was Hon. Lakshman H. Wedaruwa – North Western Provincial Minister for Health, Indigenous Medicine, Social Welfare, Probation and child Care and Women’s affairs and other Guests of Honour were, Mr. T. B. Wikramasinghe – Secretary to the Ministry, Mr. Saman Wijetunga – Accountant to the Ministry, Mr. Sumith Kularathne – Women’s Affairs Official and Mr. Chinthaka Amal Mayathunna – Speaker of the North Western Provincial Council. During this event, the National Widow’s Charter was handed over to the Chief Guest and the Guests of Honour.
Aaranya with representatives of the Sami Parliament of Norway after a session on violence against women, particularly violence faced by women from indigenous, minority and marginalized communities
Recommendations from the CEDAW Committee to address gender inequality
Session on the danger faced by Human rights defenders
At the UN headquarters in New York evaluating indicators to women’s empowerment
Viluthu at UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York
Executive Director- Programme, Aaranya Rajasingam, represented Viluthu at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meeting held from 14 – 24 March at the UN headquarters in New York. Viluthu was part of the civil society delegation from Sri Lanka at this meeting as partners of FOKUS Women, Norway.
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. Major concerns were raised regarding women’s economic and social empowerment around the world, and particularly regarding the fast reducing space for women human rights defenders and environmentalists, given the persecution faced by these activists in many countries.