Strengthening Good Governance and Democracy – Women Taking Leadership
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With the purpose to strengthen democracy and good governance in Sri Lanka by increasing women’s political participation, AWAW groomed 75 women (‘SMART 75’) coming from all areas, ethnicities, religions and most importantly political parties
The three specific objectives of the project were to —
I. Increase representation in politics at parliamentary and provincial level of educated young women.
II. Create a strong network of 75 young educated women leaders across ethnic, religious and demographical divisions.
III. Enable men and women politicians to advocate through understanding and awareness for the increase of women in governance structures of Sri Lanka.
To achieve the above, the following specific activities were carried out:
Activity 1- Assessment to ascertain potential candidates to be trained as women leaders/politicians.
Activity 2- A three-day workshop with a fast track English course, IT training and team building activities
Activity 3- A three-day residential workshop to prepare the course content and updating of the existing Manual
Activity 4 – Four three-day residential workshops to enhance women on Political Participation & Leadership.
Activity 5- Five one-day facilitated dialogues with parliament and provincial level members.
Activity 6 One day National Level conference
The few significant results achieved were:
1. The project was completed very successfully before the anticipated time period. AWAW was able to groom 75 women and educate them on various topics as proposed by the project.
2. The manuals which were updated and translated were shared with other SDGAP grantees and they were given the necessary information and knowhow of training women to run for political offices, as well as the knowledge was shared with resource personnel of other grantees.