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‘OUT OF THE SHADOWS’: A STUDY OF WAR-AFFECTED WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES IN SRI LANKA

July 24, 2018

OFFICIAL REPORT LAUNCH

Women with disabilities remain the most marginalized from both the nascent scholarly research and the social policy and practice of disability inclusion. Women with disabilities are also the most vulnerable group in post-war and post-conflict situations, experiencing the highest levels of gender-related violence, abject poverty, stigmatization and exclusion. There is an urgent need to understand the impact of long-term war and conflict on women with disabilities, and particularly under transitional arrangements with the end of armed conflict. There is almost no research that examines the day to day lives of women with disabilities within post-war or post-conflict contexts. Nor is there any substantive research that documents their subjective experiences of transitional governance, policy and programming, and how they are included and/or excluded from a society emerging from protracted armed conflict. This report, drawing upon disability-inclusive methodologies of co-creation, development and engagement, maps the lived experiences of women with disabilities living within the war-affected areas of Sri Lanka.

SPEAKERS

Ambika Satkunanathan, Commissioner -- Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka
Dr. Dinesha Samararatne, University of Colombo
Dr. Karen Soldatic, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University
Mr. Sandun Thudugala, Law & Society Trust

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Venue: Sri Lanka Foundation