Women in Leader ship -COVID-19 Pandemic responses-Vahaneri, Vavunatheevu, Kaluwanchikudy and Eravur Patru DS divisions

Currently, the lockdown has been imposed by the government due to the rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus and Delta variance. On one hand, the government and other authorities are trying to control the spread, on the other hand, Day to day workers, children, families of the women-headed households are struggling to manage their day-to-day basic needs like meals and other essential items. Our team has distributed Dry rations to Women headed households in Vahaneri, Vavunatheevu, Kaluwanchikudy (Through Divisional Secretariat), and Eravur Patru DS divisions where the people live in extreme poverty and the Human and Elephant conflict never end. Detail of the dry ration disbursement  Vavunatheevu -18 Packs distributed value of each pack 1755.00 lkr, total amount 31,590lkr on 05/08/2021 Vahaneri -85 packs of dry rations distributed, the value of each pack is 1755.00 lkr total amount – 149,175lkr on 06/08/2021 Kaluwanchikudy – 75 packs of dry ration, the value of each pack is 1540.00 lkr total amount -115,500 lkr on 14/08/2021 Eravur Patru -30 packs of dry ration, the value of each pack is 1540.00lkr total amount -46,200.lkr on 14/08/2021

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Hotline launched to protect the Women and Children during the pandemic

Since there has been a sudden upraise in the spreading and severity of Covid -19 Virus in the district of Batticaloa, this activity was taken forward by CIRCLE –Wing of Young Feminist Team along with the district secretariat during this uncertainty troubling times to ensure the wellbeing and to protect the women who are the backbones of the function of this nation and the children who are precious and going to carry the future. The hotline number is +94 705506600 (The hotline will be in used /or active 10 am to 2 pm from Monday to Wednesday every week) The agents of the network are well-experienced team members of the organization and confidentiality will be ensured 100% of the caller. The follow-up of the issues will be addressed to the relevant authorities, related women organizations, groups working for women and children’s rights, and the team will be followed up and work with the referrals until the solution met for the problems addressed. CIRCLE –Wing of Young Feminist Team has collaborated with Suyam – Movement for social change in Trincomalee district, Affected Women’s Forum in Ampara to provide this service to Eastern province.

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Women in Leadership – COVID-19 Pandemic responses-Vellavely DS division

The Covid -19 virus has become airborne in Sri Lanka, Due to that country may be witnessing a rapid spread of infection, More young people have now been found to be infected with the Covid-19 Virus in Sri Lanka and not just the senior citizens. Government agencies have been circulating request letters to support the families who lost their livelihood in this uncertain time. The Vellavely DS division badly hit by the virus and lockdowns have been imposed in several areas of the Vellavely DS division, Regardless of the risk of visiting the area. The CIRCLE-Wing of the Young Feminist Team has visited and provided 25 packs of dry ration (LKR 1500 each) for the people staying quarantined and isolated in Vellavely Divisional Secretariat, Batticaloa. The distribution took place on 07th of May 2021 (Today) at Vellavely Divisional Secretariat office. Divisional Secretariat Vellavely, Other officers attended and thank the Members of Circle team.

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Inauguration of Library at Savukady Village, Batticaloa

Generally all around the globe the habit of reading is increasingly becoming a rare quality to observe among both youngsters and elders especially because of the influence of the internet and modern technology. CIRCLE-Wing of young feminist team is carrying out a few activities in Batticaloa district to rekindle the reading habit. As the first phase of the initiation on 19.04.2021 our team has donated 100 books to about 300 kids from approx 1000 families living with poverty in the village of Savukadi who never had much access to books   but have such thirst for knowledge. As a result of this initiation, about 1000 families have obtained an opportunity to develop their habit of reading. As the continuation of this we are hoping to conduct mobile library, reading circles, reading competitions and record book maintenance for months.

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Focus group discussion with women survivors

As a prior goal of the young women team is to end all forms of violence against women, girls and children. As one strategy of that, the team has been organized focus group discussions with women survivors with the age group from 18 to 50 in the DS divisions of Manmunai North(Villages: Nochimunai, Kallady Thiruchendur, Navarkudah) Manmunai West (Villages: Mahilavettuvan, Naripulthottam, Katkudah, Aythiyamalai, Vavunatheevu) Eravurpattru (Villages: Illupadichenai, Vepavettuvan, Paalarchenai, Periyasavukady, Sinnasavukady, Sivapuram, Yhapparkiramam) respectively. General outputs from the village women and girls from the above DS divisions Domestic violence and gender-based violence School drop outs (MN,Eravurpatru) School children addicted to Alcohol, Smoking, and other drugs (Eravurpatru, MN) Early marriages and early childbearing (Eravurpatru) Multiple marriages Parents migrated and children are left insecure with grant parents. Microcredit issues in Eravurpatru Lack of transportation facility (Eravurpatru,MW) Child labours (Eravurpatru and Manmunai North) Land registration /ownership issues in some villages of Eravurpatru Root causes discussed Poverty Lack of awareness of the importance of education, especially to the parents Alcohol, Smoking and drug addiction in younger ages/lack of awareness Lack of awareness on reporting the issues to the right government authorities  Fear to bring out the violence due to cultural and patriarchal norms No platform offered for youngsters, women to discuss the problems/ they are  not involved in decision making The family burden is on women, girls Land issues(ex: 6 perches land is not enough to start any livelihood activities ) Transportation issues in resettled areas Migration As a way forward, our team will give awareness, link up them with government authorities through district secretariat (through discussions), and follow up with the authorities.

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International Women’s Day Event 2021

CIRCLE –Wing of young feminist team marked the International Women’s Day event of 2021 with COVID-19 frontline workers, Women leaders, and other leaders working for the community. The event was marked as a theme of “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 World.” The team’s goal “Emerging young women leaders to build their capacity on leadership and end all forms of violence against women, girls and children also emphasized by the team through speeches and activities. During the one-hour event, CIRCLE’s (1) Website has been launched officially, and (2) the selected 10 women survivors who lost their income due to COVID -19 lockdown received small cash grants to expand and continue the livelihood works. Nearly 20 people took part in the event.

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Gender Equality – Discussions with Government Agent

Gender Equality – Discussions with Government agent is being done to launch a hotline for women survivors, girls, and children. Gender equality is a fundamental human right. Recent emerging reports show the Covid -19 pandemic increases violence against women, girls, and children even though there is progress in the decades. With lockdown measures in place, many women are trapped at home with their abusers, struggling to access services that suffer from cuts and restrictions. Emerging data shows that, since the pandemic outbreak, violence against women and girls and particularly domestic violence, has intensified. To react and handle the situation since the women, children, and girls are trapped at home, our team decided to launch a hotline by collaborating with the Covid-19 taskforce in the district secretariat, successfully progressing Batticaloa district for future sustainability and for further assistance. We expect to launch the hotline at the end of March 2021 and planned advocacy for the launch.

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Economic Empowerment – Women Entrepreneurs Received A Small Cash Grant

Nearly 22000 women entrepreneurs are in Batticaloa district, and most of them are adequately received training and unable to start the business or expand them due to financial and other cultural, patriarchal tradition as well the family burdens to spend time on empowering themself. Patriarchy culture dominates women because the violence is increasingly rapidly against women, girls, and children. We had discussions with few women survivors already involved in a small business level, and we supported selected 10 women survivors who are poor or most inadequate by giving small cash grants to expand their business to enhance the living standard of the families. Women entrepreneurs received support for Tailoring and upcycling textiles Poultry farming Expand a petty shop Support for floriculture Goat rearing The women are from Mylambavelly(Eravur pattru), Kokuvil,Navalady,Swissvillage(Manmunai North),Aayithiyamalai(Manmunai west)

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