Women’s Movement in Sri Lanka

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This book explores the role of women as ideologues, agents, activists and visionaries as a part of the movement. It deciphers the structural inequalities pertaining to the secondary status ascribed to them through discrimination and all forms of oppression and the process of the transformation they seek to restructure.

As a historical narrative it traces to movement from the pre-colonial to the colonial periods and finally to contemporary history. It has a two way research methodology. Pre-colonial and colonial periods are portrayed selectively using various publications, journals, archival, materials and newspapers. For contemporary history, in addition to the above, women protagonists were interviewed. Women’s activism gets the place it deserves in history because the innumerable protests that the women have undertaken are recorded over a period of thirty years. This publication takes note of the controversies and debates that are associated with this reconstruction.