*Pioneering empowerment of women political activists * Promoting women’s Leadership in Sri Lankan History (Her+ Story)
To ensure women’s active participation and leadership in politics and governance at all levels, and to promote gender justice, peace building and demo
To be a Centre for promoting both academic and practical study of women in politics and governance with objectives of enhancing women’s active political participation, creating awareness and improving knowledge and expertise of women’s role in governance, undertaking training and skills development for community leaders and female politicians and prospective candidates, lobbying with political parties for legal reforms aimed at increasing women’s representation at all levels, campaigning during election periods to increase the number of women receiving nominations, assisting women candidates during election campaigns, providing expert assistance in designing campaigns, and offering training in leadership development and public speaking skills.
In early 2010, the International Movement against All forms Of Discrimination and Racism Asia Committee (IMADR) partnered with the European Commission in commencing activities to establish a Women’s Political Academy, Sri Lanka (hereafter WPASL). IMADR’s Asia Committee (IMADR-AC), based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, has been working with grassroots partners to ensure that minorities are not left out of the peace building process and post-tsunami reconstruction, and to help empower minorities and women. Despite the fact that women represent the majority of voters and population in Sri Lanka, women continue to be an underrepresented and ignored political minority in the decision making process. Realizing the crude reality of the marginalization of women from political processes and taking up the democratic challenge, the IMADR-AC pioneered the establishment of Women’s Political Academy as an entity to ensure active and equal participation of women in governance and peace building. IMADR has been partnering with civil society and feminist organizations such as the Center for Women and Development, Jaffna; Human Development Organisation, Kandy; Human Power Foundation, Galle; RuhunuGamiKantaSanvidanaya, Hambantota; Women’s Development Foundation, Akkaraipattu; Society for Socio-Economic Development, Trinchomalee; Rights Now Collective for Democracy, Colombo; and Networks of Mothers and Daughters of Lanka to promote regionalism and gender justice and to celebrate diversity and difference.