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Women in Sri Lanka's predominantly Tamil-speaking north and east are facing a desperate lack of security in the aftermath of the long civil war. Sri Lanka: Women's Insecurity in the North and East, the latest report from the International Crisis Group, warns that the heavily militarised and centralised control of those areas — with almost exclusively male, Sinhalese security forces — creates serious problems for women's safety, sense of security and ability to access assistance.
They have little control over their lives and no reliable institutions to turn to. The Sri Lankan government has mostly dismissed women's security issues and exacerbated fears, while the international community has failed to appreciate and respond effectively to the challenges they face. Thirty years of civil war between the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam LTTE has resulted in tens of thousands of female-headed households in the north and east.
They struggle daily to cope with the detention or absence of family members, continuing displacement and desperate poverty. Militarisation and the government's refusal to devolve power or restore local civilian administration in those areas have directly contributed to complex societal distress, which comes on the heels of the collapse of the preceding repressive regime run by the LTTE.
The consequences for women and girls have been severe. There have been alarming incidents of gender-based violence, and many women have been forced into prostitution or coercive sexual relationships. Fear of abuse and the reassertion of patriarchal norms within the Tamil community have further restricted women's movement and impinged on education and employment opportunities. The fact that women must rely on the military for everyday needs not only puts them at greater risk of gender-based violence, but also prevents them from building capacity within communities.
The current situation comes in the wake of serious accusations of sexual violence by the military against Tamil women at the end of the war and in the months thereafter. Fair Use Notice: This contains copyrighted material the use of which has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We believe this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in 17 U.
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