Launch of the Girls Change the World Campaign

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Girls Change the World campaign aims at educating, empowering and mobilizing women especially young girls to change their social relationships and social environment that would be healthier and satisfying for both females and males. The objectives of the Girls Change the World includes reducing the attractive image of alcohol at social interactions such as weddings, parties and celebrations. The Foundation for Innovative Social Development (FISD) will capacitate women Girls Change the World campaign that would enable them to take leadership to make above-mentioned events fun and enjoyable ones without the consumption of alcohol use. Thereby reduce the consumption of alcohol by elderly men and young men at these social gatherings.

The Foundation for Innovative Social Development (FISD) launch the Girls Change the World campaign on the 07 April 2017 at the Western Province Aesthetic Center, Colombo7 on the 07th of April 2017. The Dr. Champa Gunasekera, Chairperson/General Secretary FISD welcomed the participants and explained the aim and objectives of the campaign, Ms. Samitha Sugathimala, Programme Manager, GBV programme enlightened the participants on the Concepts of Girls of the Girls Change the World, Mr. Upul Kariyawasam, Senior Programme Officer explained how the Girls Change the World campaign could be used to minimize alcohol use at weddings, parties and celebrations. Mr. Ravi Kandiah, Programme Manager, ADD invited the organizations and individuals participated at launched to join the Girls Change the World Campaign and proposed a vote of thanks.

As interludes to this training session two short dramas supporting the theme were staged by Ms. Madavi Malwatta, Popular dramatist and a group of students of University of Keleniya. The following popular artistes, media persons, models, and a sportsperson were appointed as ambassadors of the campaign:

Ms. Lochana Imashi – Film & Teledrama
Ms. Madani Malwaththage – Stage Drama
Ms. Eshani Diana Jayapala – Beauty & Fashion
Ms. Sripali Weerakkody – Sports (Sri Lanka Cricket)
Ms. Jayamali Erangika – Modeling
Ms. Sumudu Prasadini – Miss Sri Lanka
Ms. Subhashini Balasubramaniyam – Tamil Media

FISD -2017 Women’s Day program – #BeBoldForChange#

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FISD held its Women day -2017 inspirational workshop for women leaders of 4 districts , Anuradhapura, Mathale,Moneragala and Gampaha on 7th and 8th of March in Colombo. The aim of the workshop was to bring together , the women leaders attched to FISD women’s self development program and inspire them to be bold and strong for changes that concerns their lives as women.

FISD , together with FORUT partners in Sri Lanka held a work shop

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Galvanising, Mobilising and Unleashing People Power for Good Governance and Fighting Corruption

At Water’s Edge, Battaramulla, on 8 – 10 Nov 2016

This is a new and innovative training developed by FORUT (Norway) and ICNC (International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, USA) and is hosted by Sri Lankan partners of FORUT (Norway). It is based on the new ground breaking book by Shaazka Beyerle, Curtailing Corruption, and research and practice with people at the grassroots who are developing strategies, tactics, and campaigns to fight corruption and promote good governance.

Traditionally, much of the attention has been on top-down initiatives to achieve good governance and fight corruption, with a focus on legislation and institutional mechanisms at the international, regional and national levels. Grassroots approaches have been seriously overlooked and under-valued. This is changing, as grassroots movements and people power are proving to be an effective alternative as well as complementary approach, to such top-down strategies.

Staff gathering and Planning meeting 2017 at Kukuleganga

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FISD team was in kukuleganga on 20th -22nd December 2016. The purpose of the visit was to offer recreational activities for the staff members of FISD who had been working tirelessly during the year towards a qualitative change of the people we are connected to at the community, district and the national levels.

The team also concentrated on program focuses for the year 2017. FISD look forward to a fruitful year ahead with many innovative social development initiatives.