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Memorandum to the Batticaloa Distric Disaster Operational Committee, Concerns of Displaced Women's Welfare and Rights

Jan. 12, 2005 Call to action from the Women’s Coalition for Disaster Management which includes 12 organizations. The public statement echoes the findings of gender-specific harm and exclusion after the tsunami and the male-dominated relief and recovery institutions. Noting that their concerns parallel those of the Sphere Guidelines for Humanitarian Assistance and other principles, supporters call for “the inclusion of women representativaes from the different resettlement locations, and women representativies from local women’s organikzations in all local and district level decision-making bodies.”

http://womenscoalitionbatticaloa.blogspot.com/2005/01/memorandum-to-batticaloa-district.html

Source: Contact the Coalition at wcdmbatti@yahoo.com or c/o Suriya Women’s Development Centre (suriaw@slt.lk).

Key words: Sri Lanka, women's group, grassroots, recovery, community