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Monday May 17th, 2021
Women's Rights

“In business there should be no difference between women and men”

Women entrepreneurs from several South Asian countries say investors should not differentiate between the genders of business people “because we are...

4 minutes

Activists and academics ask for separate Cabinet Ministry for Women's Affairs

The downgrading of women and children’s affairs from Cabinet to State level has resulted in disappointed citizens and activists writi...

3 min read

Rights activist and academic Dr Harini Amarasuriya is the NPP National List nominee

Dr Harini Amarasuriya will be appointed as a National List Member of Parliament by the National People’s Power alliance today. Amarasuriya told Eco...

2 min read

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Opinion: An All Women Party mooted to break into male-dominated politics

Though it is eighty-nine years since the first Sri Lankan woman, Adeline Molamure entered the State Legislature, then known as the State Council of Ce...

8 min read

Sri Lankan man accused of killing wife in Canada gets his trial dismissed due to court del...

A Sri Lankan man accused of murdering his 21-year old wife in 2012 in Montreal, Canada, has had his murder trial dismissed because of the inordinate d...

Nisali De Silva
Fear on Saukadi Beach

This is the tale of the little food shop on the beach that got hit because of events beyond the control of is owner and her customers.

Sajith or Gota; who's ahead in the race

In twelve days’ time, Sri Lankans will go to the polls to choose a new president in what increasingly looks like a ver...

Arjuna Ranawana

6 min read

Are we finally done taxing Aunty Flo?

One of the most talked-about election promises this week has been Sajith Premadasa’s promise to distribute free sanita...

Nishtha Chadha

6 min read

Women seek a quarter of Cabinet posts

The Women and Media Collective, a group of women’s rights activists presented a manifesto to candidates at the upcomin...

2 min read

Cabinet approval for MMDA a positive sign, but not adequate - activists

Muslim women's rights activists say that although the Cabinet approval given to reform the Muslim Marriage and Divorce A...

2 min read

Muslim women urge reforms to ‘unjust, Man-made’ laws

A collective of Muslim women activists representing different organizations, called for immediate reform of the Muslim M...

Nisali de Silva

2 min read

Website launched to combat cyberbullying

A new website called "Hithawathi" or "Confidante" to combat cyberbullying was launched at the Information and Communicat...

1 min read

Unmonitored microcredit lending a burden on rural women – CEPA

The Center for Poverty Analysis (CEPA), a research institute based in Colombo, points out that the unsupervised process ...

Nisali De Silva

2 min read

State-sector women may wear saree, osari or other "appropriate" garment

An amendment to the 29 May circular on dress code for government employees states that women at the workplace may wear a...

1 min read

Women victimised at times of crisis - activists

A collective of women's rights activists said yesterday (23) that women, being a vulnerable part of society, are victimi...

Nisali De Silva

2 min read

When Ministers’ children go to school, other children will follow suit – Women & Media...

Noting the socio-economic implications of the prevailing situation in the country on working women, a women’s rights o...

2 min read

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