Elect Her. End Violence.
Public campaign launched to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence in Sri Lanka
Colombo, 24 November 2017: In Sri Lanka, while women constitute 52 percent of Sri Lanka’s population, female representation in parliament is only 5.3 percent. Due to gender-based socio-cultural norms and biases, it is understood that there are barriers to entry and engagement for women to contribute actively in politics in Sri Lanka. Violence against women in elections is regarded as a major deterrent to women’s political participation as electoral and political leaders.
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence is a global campaign that runs from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (Human Rights Day), advocating for the elimination of all forms of Gender-based Violence (GBV) against women around the world.
To mark the campaign in Sri Lanka, the National Forum Against Gender-based Violence is delivering a public advocacy campaign titled ‘Elect her. End Violence’ (ඡන්දය ඇයට. ප්රචණ්ඩත්වයට තිත. அவளைத்தேர்ந்தெடுப்போம். வன்முறையைஒழிப்போம்). The campaign aims to bring all Sri Lankans together through a public pledge that calls for action in ending Violence Against Women in Elections (VAWIE) in order for women to have equal access and opportunities for active political participation. A caravan carrying the pledge will travel around the island during the 16 days, obtaining signatures from the public to advocate for a violence-free election environment for women.