Sri Lanka Program Overview
Strengthening the Role of Women Leaders in Promoting Peace and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka, is a multi-disciplinary program aimed at empowering local women leaders to collaboratively advance the WPS agenda, particularly the meaningful participation of Sri Lankan women in formal and informal reconciliation processes. Launched in 2020, the program works in close partnership with local civil society organizations and women political leaders to strengthen their capacities, networks, and access to resources to ensure that they can leverage peace and reconciliation processes to address the challenges specific to women’s conflict-related and post-conflict needs, including those related to GBV, at the local and national levels of governance.
Strengthening the Role of Women Leaders in Promoting Peace and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka
WAGE believes that in order for peacebuilding dividends to be fully realized in Sri Lanka, it is imperative that women are meaningfully included in peace and reconciliation efforts. This initiative aims to address some of the barriers that have left women and their specific conflict-related needs marginalized and excluded from both formal and informal peace and reconciliation processes. By creating opportunities for female political and CSO leaders to develop collaborative relationships, establish channels for information-sharing, and identify common challenges and goals, while also building their technical skills, the initiative aims to bridge a critical gap in skills and competencies necessary for Sri Lankan women leaders to advance the WPS agenda. The initiative aims to create a cohort of women leaders which are well-positioned to advance formal or informal mechanisms for reconciliation and to leverage those mechanisms to address the unique challenges faced by Sri Lankan women.
WAGE Sri Lanka and Local Partners
WAGE will establish meaningful partnerships with local elected women leaders and women’s empowerment CSOs. By leveraging the political capital of women political leaders and the in-depth of knowledge CSOs on the local-level needs of women constituents, the project will create effective partnerships that will ensure sustainability and local relevance of project activities.