I am sure you are familiar with the works of Kumari Jaywardena, the internationally reputed historian and activist in the civil rights movements in Sri Lanka. Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World, and Women, the State, and Cultural Identity in South-Asia are just two of her many publications. The fact that women's literacy in Sri Lanka is very high (about 83%) helps the women's movement. Sri Lanka now has an impressive number of books and journals in Sinhala, Tamil and English which help to keep women's issues before the public.
The women's centre which brings out regular publicatiuons is CENWOR (Centre for Women's Research). Located in Colombo it answers the need for more systematic and in-depth research as a basis for action programmes for women. It conducts and publishes research papers and studies various development issues pertaining to women. Between 1989 and 1996 CENWOR has organised four national conventions on Women's Studies, providing opportunities for local researchers to present their research. CENWOR brings out a newsletter called Stree Prabodha. For more information contact:
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