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Empowering Women, Transforming Lives

Cooperative Development Organisation

Implementing Partners and Organisations

Law and Society Trust and Savisthri Women for Development Alternative

Period of Implementation

January 2018 - December 2022

Geographic scope

Asia-Pacific: Sri Lanka


$ 49,581
€ 47 220


Rural Development

Type of Activity

Institutional Building and Policy Dialogue, Legal and Regulatory framework


The project will be implemented by two organisations: Law and Society Trust and Savistri Women for Development Alternative. The intervention methodology of the project is to empower women to play a major role in policies and laws that affect their lives and livelihood. It is essential that they are able to participate in policy making and planning. By improving ability of local women to engage firstly at local level, and thereafter at regional and national level, and building a coterie of local women leaders who are able to understand & document and analyse and articulate local women's issues nationally and internationally. Therefore, the project will mainly focus on economic, social and political empowerment of women by ensuring their right to land. The project aims to enhance the knowledge base on the issues related to the womenís land rights in war-affected and other areas, Develop the capacities of women activists (these will include the representatives from the other partner organisations of the country programme) and their organisations to monitor the situation of economic, social rights of women and the implementation of government obligations and womenís organisations and finally, these women organisations and activists will be linked with national level movements and networks to identify and advocate for policy changes. As a result, there will be a strong women network at national level, where they will be discussing and addressing the issues from the grassroot level.

Project Objectives

The project aims to build the capacities of women activists and their organisations in Sri Lanka to hold duty-bearers accountable in ensuring socio, economic, cultural and political rights of women in Sri Lanka, especially in relation to their right to land and other natural resources.

Impact on SDGs

SDG5 - Gender Equality
SDG15 - Life on Land

Key Tags

Gender, Informal economy