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.
Voices and Choices Grant Scheme
In 2017/18 we initiated a grant scheme to capacity build and empower artists, gender activists and development organisations who wanted to raise awareness, create debate and discussion and address some of the issues in this area, under the title of Voices and Choices and to deliver impact in 2018/19 and beyond (Official Development Aid uplift projects).
We seed-funded 8 projects on the themes and issues arising from the Women Of the World festival, Colombo 2017 as follows: