Mothers and Daughters of Sri Lanka

Linked with Dulcy de Silva – Sri Lanka.

This group has not an own website, but is named on many others. Hereafter some of them:

Cited on WomenWarPeace.org: Mothers and Daughters of Lanka is a coalition of progressive women’s groups: (concerned about human rights and has lobbied around peace issues through demonstrations and petitions). These Women’s organizations are:

Centre For Women’s Research: The Centre has 15 years of research experience on women in Sri Lanka with a view to facilitating the realization of their full potential in achieving equality. It promotes women’s entry into non-traditional occupations including politics.
Address: 225/4 Kirula Road, Colombo-5 Sri Lanka, Tele/Fax : 941-502-828 / 941-502-153, E-mail one, E-mail two.

Hatton Women’s Committee: Works with plantation workers (Tamil women). Among its primary objectives are: to motivate, educate and train plantation women with a view to emancipate them from their current subordinate status and empower them to play a positive and equitable role in society; and to provide for the organization of plantation women in order to enable and develop their confidence, self-esteem and participation in decision-making.
Address: Dunbar Road, Hatton, Sri Lanka;

Pacific and Asian Women’s Forum PAWF: Provides an informal regional network of women and women’s organisations for action, research, education programs. Conducts regional workshops and studies; distribution of alternative media and publication of newsletter links together many different women’s organizations in Asia and the Pacific.
Address: 623/27 Rajagiriya Gardens, Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka;

Progressive Women’s Front: Works to improve the conditions for peasant women and publishes a journal in Sinhala.
Address: c/o Sumika Perera, Galketigama, Ibbagamuwa, Sri Lanka;

Voice of Women: A (non-profit) non-governmental organization, which was the first alternative women’s group in Sri Lanka committed to the ideals of feminism. The main aim is to publish feminist journals (in English, Tamil and Sinhala) and feminist literature. The centre issues a monthly newsletter and monitors reporting of rape, abuse, harassment and domestic violence etc. in the media.
Address: 21/25 Polhongoda Gardens, 5 Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tel: 941 74 407 879;

The Women’s Liberation Movement of Sri Lanka: It is dedicated to bringing more equal rights to the women factory workers in Sri Lanka.
Address: 54 Tudella, Ja-ela, Sri Lanka.

On March 8 this year, International Women’s Day, the Mothers and Daughters of Lanka and the Sri Lanka Women’s NGO Forum made an important statement on the peace process in their country. I quote from the statement because I think it is significant in contexts beyond Sri Lanka. They write: “As the displaced, as refugees, as survivors of war offensives, landmine injuries and sexual violence, as mothers, and girls, as soldiers, as combatants women experience conflict differently than men. They understand the need for peace. While it is mostly men who make war and need to take the responsibility to stop war, women are affected disproportionately by the consequences of war and the need to shape the contours of peace … (full text).

Read:
some of the free downloadable Google-Books, in which ‘Mothers and Daughters of Lanka’ are cited:
A Companion to the Anthropology of Politics, on page 133 of 503 pages;
Refugees and the Transformatio: Agency, Policies, Ethics and Politics, on page 153 of 237 pages;
Gender, Peace and Conflict, on page 12 of 232 pages;

other books with the ‘Mother and Daughters’-theme:
Feminists under Fire, 238 pages;
Encyclopedia of women & Islamic cultures; 837 pages;

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