Challenging the issues faced by Women and Girls – Arts for Social Change Projects
The ambition to reach gender equity and eliminate disadvantage is at the heart of our Women and Girls work recognising that the key issues for Sri Lanka are a very high rate of domestic violence, sexual harassment, social media exploitation, suicide rates, over-protection of girls, and under-employment despite good educational achievements. Whilst addressing some of these issues directly, in the longer term our interventions are aimed at attitudinal change, tackling gender norms and attitudes among women and girls, as well as men and boys, and thus enabling the former to participate fully in society.
Our current and future programmes focus on reducing violence, creating role models, and tackling social media harassment through community-based interventions, as well as raising awareness, increasing aspirations for career opportunities and stimulating attitude change through providing a voice, a choice and agency for female empowerment and change.
Creating Heroines South Asia Regional Project
Creating Heroines is a collaborative international project initiated by the British Council which brings together female artists to spark debate, challenge stereotypes and share women's stories. It explores themes of female role models, encouraging crowd-sourced conversations and sharing women's stories in cartoons and illustrations.
In February 2019, a second edition of the Creating Heroines regional workshop was organized in Kathmandu, Nepal. This 5-day workshop involved artists from the UK, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Following the workshop, a grant was given to Irushi Tennakoon, Sri Lankan illustrator who will produce a series of animated videos highlighting Sri Lankan women who are leaders in their fields and promote it among young people through a public exhibition. She will also produce a publication illustrating their profiles accompanied by a story highlighting their life journey.