The latest batch of students for the Certificate Course in Women’s Studies conducted by WERC began their course on the 7th of January for a duration of 1 year. The programme is aimed at gender sensitizing leaders from various fields thus complementing WERC’s objective of disseminating knowledge on gender issues to men and women.
Ms. Shiranee Mills, Executive Director of WERC addressing the students at the course inauguration ceremony held on the 8th December 2017 encouraged their active participation and called for a lively exchange among students and the instructors. The course is conducted in the English medium and analyses in depth the social and cultural construction of gender in all sectors of society. While examining the experiences, contributions, roles and representation of women in the various fields of society, the course also addresses the existing power relations that result in the marginalization of women.
The entry requirement for the course is either a degree from a recognized university or a minimum of 3 years of experience in a Social Science/Development field, including a pass in the G.C.E Advanced Level examination. The participants of the course include representatives from the Sri Lanka Police, civil society activists, post-graduate students and university academicians.
The resource pool for the current course are Dr. Selvy Thiruchandran, Dr. Darshi Thoradeniya, Ms. Anoma Rajakaruna, Dr. Sepali Kottegoda, Dr. Chandani Liyanage, Dr. Praba Manuratne, Dr. Rose Wijeyesekera, Dr. Vagisha Gunasekara, Ms. Rohini Weerasinghe, Prof. Savitri Gunasekara, Prof. Camena Guneratne, Prof. Kamala Liyanage, Ms. Chulani Kodikara, Ms. Aruni Samarakoon, Prof. Ramanie Jayatilake, Dr. Ramani Jayasundara and Prof. Maithree Wickramasinghe.