In Sri Lanka, women constitute less than 6% in Parliament, 5% of Provincial Councils and 2% in Local Government. These statistics are the lowest in South Asia and Sri Lanka is the only country in the region without a quota for women in Local Government.
The Women and Media Collective in partnership with the Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Empowerment as well as six other national and local level women’s groups International Center for Ethnic Studies, Sarvodaya Women’s Movement, Uva Wellassa Farner Women’s Organisation, Viluthu, Women’s Development Center, Women’s Resource Center) worked towards increasing the percentage of nominations and votes for women in the 2011 Local Government elections. The aim was to increase nominations and votes for women to at least 25% in local government electorates in the country.
This is an archive featuring the women who applied to contest for this election from five districts in Sri Lanka; Galle, Monaragala, Kurunegala, Badulla and Tricomalee. It also includes news, television and radio programmes as well as other information related to the Local Government elections in Sri Lanka.