The purpose of Act Now is to educate, facilitate and encourage the sharing of knowledge in the area of violence against women (VAW). In Sri Lanka, statistics indicate that VAW is widespread. This is the only organised portal in the country that offers a store of resources on VAW and provides a supportive framework for victim-survivors. We hope to empower both victim-survivors and bystanders to share information, act now and unite for a better future. The website is an initiative of the Center for Women’s Research (CENWOR) and is supported by Women Defining Peace (WDP). WDP is a project funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and implemented by a consortium of: World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and Co-water International Incorporated. Research support was provided by: Young Researchers’ Collective (YRC) and the website was created by Voltage (Private) Limited.

The following “Power and Control Wheel” was developed to illustrate the tactics, described by battered women, that their abusers generally use to maintain control over their victims-survivors.

Letter from Act Now

December 08, 2011 at 3:06 PM by Leelangi Wanasundera | Comments

Dear Braves Readers,

The ACT NOW website shows how widespread violence against women is. For all the Incidents of Violence against women reported there are many, many more that we do not know about. Most women suffer in silence. At the same time there are many women who have had the courage to Stand up to the perpetrator through sheer courage bravery they have overcome the violence that they endured and started a new life for themselves and their children. There are also others who have helped women who were subjected to violence to be free of such violence.

We invite you to share your experience of how you overcome your problems especially related to violence against you or how you helped a member of your family, a friend, or a stranger to come out of an abusive or violent incident.

Your stories will inspire others and encourage them to take a stand against gender based violence and violence against women. Please share your story with the ACT NOW team and the readers of this site.


The At Now Staff