Second SGI meeting held in Kilinochchi

[TamilNet, Sunday, 06 April 2003, 00:05 GMT]
The Sub-Committee on Gender Issues (SGI), established during the third round of negotiations between the LTTE and the Government of Sri Lanka in December 2002, held its second meeting in Kilinochchi on April 4 and 5. The delegates decided to work towards achieving equal representation of women in politics, eliminate gender biases in education, and to take up issues related to violence and sexual harassment of women, said a press release by the Sub-Committee.

SGI meeting 1
Kumari Jayawardene (GOSL) and Thamilini (LTTE) shaking hands with Norwegian Facilitator Dr. Astrid Heiberg in the center

SGI meeting 2


The full text of the press release issued by SGI:

"The second meeting of the Sub-Committee on Gender Issues (SGI) was held in Kilinochchi 4-5 April 2003. The SGI was established by the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE in order to ensure the effective inclusion of gender perspectives into the ongoing peace process. The Sub- Committee’s first meeting was held in Kilinochchi 5-6 March this year and the committee comprises of ten members, five appointed by GOSL and five from the LTTE. A resource person appointed by the Norwegian government facilitated the meetings of the SGI.

Productive discussions were held by members of the Sub Committee finalized their Terms of Reference which will be presented at the next plenary session of the peace talks in April.

The meeting commenced with a briefing by Mr. Selvin, the director of SIHRN on the work and priorities of SIHRN. The SGI discussed how a gender perspective could be brought into all of SIHRN’s work. They further discussed how SGI and SIHRN can establish an efficient co-operation. Particular reference was made to SGI’s concern with the need for work in the area of women and trauma.

The SGI also decided to:

  • Work towards ensuring effective provisions to enable equal representation of women in politics.
  • Examine the educational structure including changing the gender biases in school textbooks.
  • Take up issues of violence against women and allegations of sexual harassment at military and police checkpoints even during this peace process. These matters will be taken up with the relevant authorities in the defence and law enforcement establishments.


At the end of the stay in Kilinochchi the members of the SGI visited Gurukulam children’s home.

The next meeting of the SGI will be held in Batticaloa 6-7th of June 2003."

 

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