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`பொருளாதார நெருக்கடியின் பாலினப்பரிமானங்கள்’

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`பொருளாதார நெருக்கடியின் பாலினப்பரிமானங்கள் `என்னும் தலைப்பில்   தமிழ் மொழியில் உரையாடல் ஒன்று 14ம் திகதி மார்கழி 2022  பெற்றது. இதில் செல்வி உதயனி நவரட்ணம், கலாநிதி அகிலன் கதிர்காமர், கலாநிநி லோகா பிரதீபன் ஆகியோர் வளவாளர்களாக கலந்து கொண்டனர்.  பால்நிலை ஒப்புரவு மற்றும் சமத்துவத்துக்கான மையத்தின் , கல்வி மற்றும் ஆராய்ச்சிக்கான உப குழுவானது மாதந்தோறும் நடாத்தும்  `பால்நிலை` பற்றிய கருத்தரங்கின் இரண்டாவது அமர்வாக இது நடைபெற்றது. சுமார் 65 பேர் இந்நிகழ்வில் பங்குபற்றினார்கள்.


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An awareness dialogue on reproductive well-being was held on the 21st of December 2022 at the Library Auditorium from 2 pm to 4pm Dr.Guruparan, certified specialist in obstetrics and Gynaecology, Senior Lecturer, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, faculty of medicine was the resource person in this workshop.  This dialogue covered important topics such as pre-conceptional care, Antenatal care, Menstrual Health, Contraception, and Sexually transmitted infections in reproductive well-being. 91 students and staff participated in this awareness dialogue.

1st Research Symposium on Gender Equity and Equality (RSGEE)2022

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The first research symposium on gender equity and equality (RSGEE-2022)  was organised by the Centre for Gender Equity and Equality (CGEE), university of Jaffna in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programmes (UNDP) on 28th of October 2022. This symposium was organised under the sphere of the Jaffna University international research conference (JUICe 2022) on the theme ‘sustainable development through gender equity and equality. The first lady Maithree Wickramasinghe , the Chair and Senior Professor of English at the Department of English University of Kelaniya and the founding Director of the Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, and the  Visiting Professor at the Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER), University of Sussex, United Kingdom, addressed  a key note on the theme “Sustainable Development through Gender Equity and Equality in the New Normal – An Ontological Perspective”. Senior Professor G.Migunthan introduced the remarks about the key note speaker.

A panel discussion was apprehended on the topic of ‘Gender and politics’, Prof Surenthirakumaran Dean, Faculty of Medicine contributed as the moderator of the panel discussion. Dr. Pavithra Jeyawardena, Department of International Relations, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, Dr. Sivagnanam Jeyasankar, Department of Fine Arts, Faculty of Arts and Culture, Eastern University, Mrs. Rubawathy Ketheeswaran, District Secretary, District Secretariat, Kilinochchi, Mr. Jude Walton, Project Manager, United Nations Development Programme, Mr. Nadarajah Sukirtharaj, Coordinator, JSAC were the panellists of this discussion.  A Drama “tUtP…Nuh!!!” staged by the Department of Fine Arts, and a welcome dance performed by the department of dance, Faculty of Sir Pon Ramanathan Performing and Visual Arts, University of Jaffna.

There were two invited speeches articulated at the two tracks in the evening session. “Higher education attainment and low labour force participation of Sri Lankan women: Addressing the paradox in gender equality and equitywas articulated by Dr. Kumudika Boyagoda Department of Demography, Faculty of Art, University of Colombo. “Women and Unpaid Labour” was delivered by Prof. Pavithra Kailasapathy Department of Human Resources Management, Faculty of Management and Finance, University of Colombo. Track A was chaired by Ms.S.Thushani, Former working committee chairman and the head of the Department of Law, and Ms.N.Uthayani Women development officer, Kilinochchi District and the external member of CGEE.  At the Track A, eight research papers were presented in Tamil language. Track B was chaired by Prof.G.Kajapathy , the former research and education committee chairperson, and Prof. Rathyrani Yogendrarajah, Head, Department of Financial Management, Faculty of Management Studies. 10 research papers were presented in English language in the Track B. United Nations Development Programme and the Jaffna Social Action centre facilitated for financial assistance and logistic arrangements. Academic, non-academic, and academic support staff, CGEE’s present members, former members, council members, staff of UNDP, JSAC, OFERR Ceylon, Women counsellors, women development officers, local governance authorities, students participated in this symposium.

CGEE in collaboration with Active citizen Project -Formation of the child protection club

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Working with students, teachers, and parents of J/Navatkuli Maha Vidyalayam  has created a great impact which finally brings all the stakeholders of the project by creating a ‘CHILD PROTECTION CLUB” with the stakeholders as members: Director, Centre for Gender Equity and Equality, University of Jaffna, Grama Servaga of Navatkuli, Women Development officer, Child protection officer, lawyer of the area, the Police officer (Chavakachcheri) , Medical officer (MOH Chavakachcheri), Public Health Inspector, a representative from active citizens, school principal, the teacher in charge, student representative and  Old student of the school.


CGEE in collaboration with Steps Towards Change: formation of a child Protection club

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Formation of a child Protection club

Working with students, teachers and parents of J/Navatkuli Maha Vidyalayam  has created a great impact which finally bring all the stake holders of the project by creating a ‘CHILD PROTECTION CLUB” with the stake holders as members: Director, Centre for Gender Equity and Equality, University of Jaffna, Grama Servaga of Navatkuli, Women Development officer, Child protection officer, lawyer of the area, Police officer (Chavakachcheri) , Medical officer (MOH Chavakachcheri), Public Health Inspector, representative from active citizens, school principal, teacher in charge, student representative and  Old student of the school.

Awareness Programmes to the Students and Teachers: J/Navatkuli Maha Vidyalayam

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Awareness Programmes to the Students and Teachers: J/Navatkuli Maha Vidyalayam

The awareness programmes of this project were conducted as participatory and based on adult learning principles at Navatkuli Mahavidyalayam. It included role plays, discussions, brainstorming, group work and energizers to encourage the participants (students, teachers and parents) to relax, express themselves freely, give honest feedback and foster a climate of unity and enjoyment through the workshops.


Awareness Programmes for the Library Staff 

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Awareness Programmes for the Library Staff 

CGEE organized two days awareness programmes to the Library staff on 9th and 10th of March at the library Auditorium from 8.30 AM to 1 PM. This awareness programme covered topics such as a type of violence and SGBV, Introducing GEE in campus and general life and GEE policies, Sexual health, and prevention of being a victim, Impacts of the SGBV and grievance mechanisms. Dr.K.Guruparan, Dr.K.Paheerathan, Ms.T.Thushani, and Ms.N.Uthayani contributed as resource persons.  sixty five  library staff participated in this programme.


Training session for the subcommittee members

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Training session for the subcommittee members


CGEE conducted nine hours of virtual training sessions for subcommittee members of the CGEE from the 10th of July to the 29th of July 2021 from 7PM to 8PM.  Former CGEE members and the present external members participated as resource persons in this training sessions.

Resource person Topics Date
1 Dr. Kumudika Boyagoda

External Member /CGEE

Occupational Health – Constraints & Needs of Women 29-7- 2021
2 Ms.Uthayani Navaratnam

External member /CGEE

Preventing SGBV at workplaces 26-07-2021
3 Mr M.Karunanithy

Former Grievance Committee Member

Preliminary investigations: Procedures and problems 23-07- 2021
4 Mrs. S. Thushani

former Chairperson, Grievance Committee

Complaint handling mechanism 21.07.2021
5 Prof. (Mrs.) N. Gnanavelrajah

former Chairperson, Monitoring and Evaluation committee

Role of monitoring and evaluation committee 19.07.2021
6 Dr.K.Gajapathy,  former Chairperson, Research and Education Committee Role of Research and education committee 16.07.2021
7 Prof.Meena Senthilnanthan (Former Director/CGEE) GEE Policy and SGBV By-laws of University of Jaffna 14.07.2021
8 Dr.K.Guruparan

First Director /CGEE

Role of the Resource Mobilization Committee 12-07-2021
9 Dr.Shivany Shanmugathas

Director /CGEE

Introduction SGBV and CGEE



International Women’s day Celebration on 8th of March 2022

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International women day -celebrated by the Center for Gender Equity and Equality in collaboration with District Secretariat- Kilinochchi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and Jaffna social Action Centre (JSAC).

International Women’s Day is a spell to replicate progress made, call for change, and reveal acts of bravery and determination by ordinary women, who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their, communities, villages, and countries. International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world each year on the 8th of March to recognize the economic, political, and social achievements of women and to empower all women. In this regard acknowledging the contributions of local women is essential to realize true equality and respect in our homes, our workplaces, and our villages.
The Centre for Gender Equity and Equality, University of Jaffna has a strong background with a solid policy framework to guide the university in integrating Gender Equity and Equality (GEE) and is dedicated to promoting harmony, collaboration, and mutual respect among opposite gender in the university in all the spheres. It was established under the directives of the University of Grants Commission (UGC) and the preview of the UGC Standing Committee on Gender Equity/Equality in Higher Education. CGEE of UOJ engages in safeguarding a favourable, working, and learning environment that exists for academic and non-academic staff, and the students at the University. It is dedicated to working for equity and equality through a variety of programmes at the University of Jaffna. CGEE has participated in many community-level gender-based programmes in the past years. This year CGEE initiated a concept to celebrate international women’s day 2022 in a village, where women are not recognized even though they have been contributing to the community.

This concept was submitted to UNHCR for funding, UNHCR accepted the concept note and agreed to fund via JSAC. Initially, it was initiated to celebrate the women’s day in a village ‘Ambal Nagar’, Karaichchi DS division, then due to the request of the Government Agent of the Kilinochchi district, it was made as a district celebration.
International women’s day was celebrated on the 8 th of March 2022 at the training Centre of District Secretariat Kilinochchi. Vice-chancellor, University of Jaffna Prof.S.Srisatkunarajah was the chief guest and Mrs R.Keetheeshwaran was the special guest of this event. Director, Members of the CGEE, University of Jaffna, Staff of the District Secretariat, Killinochchi, women development officers, Community Based organizations, JSAC representatives, UNHCR representatives, and the public participated in this event. The selected women who struggled, faced life challenges, succeeded, and contributed to the social and economic development of their village were appreciated and recognized via the ‘successful women award’ 2022.
Community-based organizations and Divisional Secretariat had identified 18 women and they were awarded as successful women. Prizes for the women contest winners who participated and won the first three places in Art, Poetry writing, Karam, Thachchy, the musical chair held on 4th of March, coordinated by JSAC and DS, Killinochhci were given on the same day. At the international women’s day celebration, there was an exhibition of products made by the women entrepreneurs of the Kilinochchi district. There was much positive feedback from the participants, award winners and the public. They have appreciated the collaborative event jointly hosted by the university, non-government organizations and government secretariat killinchhci. Around 150 people participated in this event they were catered with lunch and refreshments, and women staged cultural programmes on this celebration.

CGEE, the university of Jaffna acknowledges the funding partners and the implementation partners to reach its goal of community engagement as a platform for uplifting women’s lives via appreciation and the recognition of the successful hard work of women who have contributed to their respective villages. CGEE has planned to work continuously at the selected villages or GS divisions of the Kilinochchi District to implement gender mainstreaming activities such as 1. Women empowerment programmes for the refugee returnees 2. Business training for the women to uplift their livelihoods 3. School education programmes on SGBV: intervention for prevention 4. Motivational talks with adults to remove domestic violence.

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