Rose Wijeysekera has a Ph.D. in Law (Colombo) and her research focus has been on Gender and Land in the Post-Armed Conflict, Northern Province of Sri Lanka: Women’s Rights to Restitution. She is a Senior Lecturer of the Department of Private and Comparative Law, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo since 1995, and has headed the department since 2015. Her special areas of focus are Women’s Rights Law, Children’s Rights Law and Family Law. Dr. Wijeyesekera is a resource person in training prospective female candidates to the National Parliament and Local Government Bodies, under the theme ‘Women as Agents of Change’ an Island-wide training programme coordinated by Women Parliamentarians’ caucus and USAID. She is a Trainer on Human Rights of Women at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, University of Colombo and for the Women’s Bureau, Ministry of Child Development and Women Empowerment and Women’s Education and Research Centre (WERC). She is also a visiting lecturer/Examiner at the University of Jaffna, Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Colombo as well as Kothalawala Defence University and the Open University Sri Lanka. She has been a Resource person on Gender to the Bar Association of Sri Lanka-Regional conferences, and a Consultant to the Sectoral Oversight Committee on Women and Gender, Parliament of Sri Lanka. Dr. Wijeysekera is the author of a book to be published by DAI-USAID on a review of the relevant existing legal instruments that discriminate against women and adversely impact on the participation of women in governance on an equal basis with men. She has also contributed chapters to several books and authored several articles on issues relating to women and children. She is currently on sabbatical leave and heading the Law School at Asia Pacific Institute for Information Technology.
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Department of Private and Comparative Law, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.