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Supported by European Commission

Partnered with SLCDF

Objectives

Primary

Secondary

Enhanced empowerment of 9,000 FSWs, DWs, and SWs and their children in Vavuniya, Anuradhapura, Kurunegala, Gampaha, Puttalam, and Colombo districts to cope with the negative impacts of the ongoing socio-economic crisis in Sri Lanka through the promotion of effective livelihood initiatives; legal, psychosocial, nutritional, educational support, and; collective advocacy efforts to protect and promote their socio-economic and political rights that have been alienated from them. 

  1. To support 1,000 FSWs, DW, and SW to engage in successful businesses through skill development, start up support, and entrepreneurship development 

  2. To build the capacity of 9,000 FSWs, DW and SW, and 40 district CSOs to actively engage/network with duty bearers and power holders to push for their rights and entitlements, and to build a strong collective voice to advocate for their rights with the decision-making forums and policy makers 

  3. To provide legal and psychosocial support to 200 needy FSWs, DW, and SW to cope with emerging realities which promote negative coping mechanisms that have popped up during the current socio-economic crisis such as pyramids and exploitative microfinance scams 

  4. To provide education and nutrition support to 3,500 children of FSWs, DW, and SW to advance their nutritional and educational standards.  

Target Groups

Direct

Indirect

40 Civil Society Organizations, 40 facilitators established within CSOs, 125 peer educators working with 9,000 Female sex workers, Deserted Women & Single Women, 20 facilitators as trainers to build capacity of female sex workers and peer educators, 40 barefoot nutritionists, 40 lawyers from the Legal Aid Commission, 200 Key government sector officials, 50 political leaders and representatives, 50 community and religious leaders (power holders), 30 schools and school development associations 

Children of beneficiaries 

Project Areas

District

Province

Country

Vavuniya

 Anuradhapura

 Kurunegala

 Gampaha

 Puttalam

  Colombo 

Northern

North Central

 North Western

 Western 

SRI LANKA

Started

Expected to End

Estimated 
Amount

Duration

January 2024

January 2027

EUR

993,481

36 Months

DESTINY

Let the Women Decide their Destiny is funded by the European Commission and headed by SLCDF to empower marginalized women and their children of 6 districts to cope with the negative impacts of the ongoing socio-economic crisis. The project will provide capacity building. The project will be conducted over a period of 36 months. 

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