Centre for Gender Equity and Equality, University of Jaffna conducted a Drawing competition among Sri Lankan Artists on the main theme’ Gendered impact of the Economic crisis of Sri Lanka’, and the fifteen sub-themes as Violence during the crisis, Food shortages, and poverty, Transportation difficulties, Increased unemployment, Education, Health and Nutrition, Gender Equity and Equality, Agriculture, and Home Gardening, Foreign currency deficiency and Local governance. CGEE termed for drawings from September 2022. It received 1925 Drawings in six categories. There were 12 evaluators as drawing experts assessed these drawings. All submitted drawings were exhibited for three days from the 24th to the 26th at the Library Auditorium from 9 am to 6 pm. There were many school students, staff and the public observed this exhibition within these two days.
The awarding ceremony was held on the 27th of February 2023 at the library auditorium from 2 pm to 4 pm. Prof.S.Sristkunarajah, Vice Chancellor, University of Jaffna, and Mr. Jude Walton Project Manager UNDP, JSAC coordinator Mr.N.Sukirtharaj, and Prof. Shivany Shanmugathas Director, GEE awarded prizes and certificates. Awards were given to the best 50 drawings selected among the 1925 drawings. The ten best drawings which were selected to display at the local government offices were awarded as the top 10 drawings. Prize winners in the six categories of Primary (Grades 1-5), Junior Secondary, (Grades 6-10) Senior Secondary (Grades 11-13), Students over 18, Staff, and the Public were awarded Trophies. Prize winners from many schools in different districts participated in this awarding ceremony. The team of members from Valluvar Educational Development Forum, Delmar Middle Division, Halgranoya was appreciated for their dedicated participation in motivating the public to involve in this drawing exhibition. 12 evaluators and the co-partners UNDP and JSAC were also appreciated by the Vice-Chancellor for their continuous support during this drawing exhibition. Mrs.Vinothini, a visually challenged woman, and her team performed cultural programmes to embellish this awarding ceremony. CGEE would like to thank its Vice Chancellor, UNDP, JSAC, CGEE members, university members, schools, CBOs, NGOs, Parents, and Children, who contributed to making this event very successful.