In the endeavour to cultivate a secure and inclusive academic environment, the She Leads Program launched an impactful awareness initiative at the University of Jaffna (UoJ). The program employed a dynamic approach, utilizing a deliberately organized compelling awareness program to raise awareness about sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). The International Foundation for Electoral System (IFES) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) gave unwavering support and financial contributions played a pivotal role in the successful execution of our awareness program.
The pinnacle of this initiative was the She Leads Program’s Awareness Event held on December 8th, 2023, at the Library mini auditorium, UoJ. 10 students from each faculty at the University of Jaffna actively participated in the program, ensuring a broad representation and engagement across various academic disciplines. The event boasted a carefully curated guest list, thoughtfully representing diverse facets of the university community. This selected group played a pivotal role in fostering inclusivity, facilitating informed discussions, and collectively addressing issues related to sexual and gender-based violence within the university.
Collaborative efforts from esteemed individuals from the Centre for Gender Equity and Equality (CGEE) enriched the program as resource persons are Dr. (Mrs.) Dilogini Sangarathas (Chairperson of the Research and Education Committee, CGEE), Mrs. Thasika Thanushan (Chairperson of the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee, CGEE), Dr. Karunaithas Rasaratnam (Chairperson of the Grievance Committee, CGEE) and Mr. Thileepan Thiraviyanathan (Coordinator of the GEE Cell, Faculty of Arts, UoJ).