Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sunila Abeysekera

 We bring here this sad news from our friends Iwraw Asia Pacific.

  Thanks  Sunila Abeysekera for the example of your life  that will remain in our memories.

We at Iwraw Asia Pacific mourn the loss today of Sunila Abeysekera, a leading activist, friend and leader who played a major role in women's rights activism during her role as Executive Director from 2008 to 2010. 

As a strategic thinker and ardent feminist and activist she mentored and supported staff and made a key contribution to fulfilling the vision and mission of our organisation in the South Asia and South East Asia region. She worked tirelessly to develop and support our national partners and advance our advocacy around CEDAW. 

Sunila's death is a loss not only to us but to all women's rights activists and organisations in Sri Lanka and all over the world. We will strive to carry forward her legacy of commitment to truth and justice and her fearless determination in challenging the ongoing oppression and subjugation of women. 

Sunila's legacy as a feisty feminist will live on in our hearts and we recommit ourselves to continue to work for the realisation of the full promise of CEDAW rights and obligations and the end to injustice in our world. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Women and Media Collective, Inform, UAF , APWLD and all the organisations of which Sunila was a part, as well as her to beloved family, friends and community. Let us carry forward her love for humanity and her radiant shining light. 

Rest in peace Sunila and thank you for enriching our lives and our work!.

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