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Visaka Dharmadasa

Visaka Dharmadasa

Visaka Dharmadasa is the founder and Chair of Association of War Affected Women and Parents of Servicemen Missing in Action. In struggling to end the civil war in Sri Lanka, she brokered the ceasefire as well as brought women across the conflict lines to work for peace. She also works on the Women, Peace and Security agenda, calling for the inclusion of women at all levels of peacebuilding and decision making. She trains women to run for political office and on power-sharing. She was awarded the prestigious Humanitarian award for 2006 by InterAction. She was nominated for a collective Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 by 1000 Peace women across the globe movement, She was appointed to a three-member team to look into ceasefire violations by GOSL and to the consultation task force on reconciliation mechanisms of Sri Lanka. Visaka Dharmadasa holds a degree in negotiations and mediation skills from Harvard law school and on women and security from KSG.


Context expertise
Sri Lanka
Experience of mediation
International, National
Languages
Sinhala, English