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This book discusses the experiences of women negotiating conflict and post-conflict situations to deliver transformative peace. Inspired by the vision and values of women of the South Asian Peace Network, this volume fills a critical gap in the global Women, Peace and Security (WPS) discourse. The chapters focus on the region's multifaceted experiences and feminist expertise on women negotiating post-war/post-conflict situations structured around interlinked themes - women, participation and peacebuilding; militarization and violent peace; and justice, impunity, and accountability.
Chapter 4: Building Transversal Solidarities: Women's Search for Peace in Sri Lanka
Building Transversal Solidarities: Women's Search for Peace in Sri Lanka
In May 2009, the Sri Lankan State defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in a brutal battle that lasted eight months and waged amidst a captive civilian population trapped in a zone of war. This unilateral military victory reinforced authoritarian rule and blatantly promoted majoritarian triumphalism. It privileged state-centered security and sought to negate minority identities based on race, religion, language, or political ideology. The president set the tone declaring in parliament on May 2009 that, “There are no minorities in this country; after the conclusion of the war all Sri Lankans are divided into two main categories—patriots ...