FOKUS Women began operations in Sri Lanka in 2012 and has been implementing the UNSCR 1325 Programme on Women, Peace and Security in Sri Lanka with partner organizations working at national and local level.
This programme with conflict affected women as primary beneficiaries includes research, data collection, advocacy, redress for women who are sexually exploited and survivors of violence including early marriage and domestic violence, strengthening women and government officers for women to claim their lands and other Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR), post conflict healing and memorialization within a transitional justice framework. The organization is responsible for monitoring the implementation of partner projects.
FOKUS WOMEN also implements activities that includes data collection, documents best practices from the programme, conducts research and engages in advocacy and builds on the work done by FOKUS partner organizations in the FOKUS Programme. Its main focus area of work is on women, peace and security under the frameworks of UNSCR 1325 and CEDAW.
The principle areas of work include transitional justice and taking women into account, women and reconciliation, women, peace and security with a focus on gender based violence, mobilization of women, documentation of human rights violations and litigation, capacity building of women to access their socio economic rights, documenting and advocacy on the status of female heads of households including military widows, Muslim IDP female heads of households, discrimination and violence against Muslim women and early marriage. FOKUS WOMEN has identified female heads of households (FHHs) including widows from Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim communities as a target group that requires targeted interventions and has advocated for their rights locally and internationally. This includes supporting the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs to formulate a national policy on FHH and submitting a shadow report to CEDAW.