Widows’ Charter

Viluthu recognised the unique and severe vulnerability and marginalization of women heads of households , even amidst other women’s groups.  This led to the formation of Amara and the lobbying of WHH issues in all other advocacy efforts.

Since 2011, Viluthu has successfully brought together Women Heads of Households from the Northern, Eastern, Northwestern, North Central, Southern and Uva Provinces (6 out of the 9 Provinces in Sri Lanka) and facilitated the drafting and release of the ‘Widows’ Charter’ which formulated the needs and concerns and policy recommendations of WHH in a National Conference supported by FLICT, the United Nations, Diakonia and Fokus Women. This conference insisted that the Transitional Justice agenda cannot begin without placing women heads of households (an estimated 1 in 4 households in Sri Lanka) of conflict affected areas at its front and centre of policy, legal and social reform efforts.

  • The Government drafted the first ever policy on WHH policy and formulated a National Action Plan
  • National budget allocations were made for WHH in the interim period
  • Northern Provincial services and resources provision recognized WHH as a priority group
  • Eastern Province district and provincial responses to livelihood focused on WHH
  • Inclusion of recommendations on WHH for the State by CEDAW review Committee

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