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Ramani Jayasundere

Ramani Jayasundere

Senior Technical Advisor on Law, Justice and Gender


Tel: + 94 (11) 269-8356

Email: Ramani.Jayasundere@asiafoundation.org

Expertise: Sri Lanka; women's equality; gender mainstreaming; community mediation; labor migration; policy development; research on women's equality law; monitoring and evaluation.

Ramani Jayasundere first joined The Asia Foundation in 1997 and has worked on the Foundation's law and justice programs on fulltime and part-time basis since.

Fulltime: Program Manager (Law) of the USAID supported Citizen Participation (CIPART) Project (1997). Program Manager of the USAID supported Human Rights Initiative (1998-2001). Senior Program Manager Access to Justice Program supported by USAID and the British High Commission (2004-2008). As Manager of different law and justice programs worked on law reform, institutional building of justice sector institutions, strengthening mediation, enabling access to justice through legal empowerment and legal aid and research.

Part-time: Senior Technical Advisor (2008 – 2013) law and justice programming in general; gender sensitization and mainstreaming; increasing women's participation in mediation; developing a documenting system for mediation boards; supporting mediation observation visits from Nepal, China and Mongolia; support to TAF Mongolia to set up mediation boards in Mongolia.

Other employment/work in Sri Lanka

Worked on promoting women's equality (primarily in the field of law, alternative dispute resolution, addressing gender based violence and gender mainstreaming) for a number of agencies; ILO, UNDP, UNIFEM, UNFPA, FAO, IOM, Canadian International Development Agency, Swedish International Development Agency, British High Commission, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation; European Commission Delegation; International agencies Oxfam, Care, Solidarity Centre; Ministries of Justice, Women's Affairs and Foreign Employment Promotion in Sri Lanka, Human Rights Commission and a number of local non-governmental organizations.

Some examples:

  • Integrating gender into the mediation process including gender sensitization and specialized gender training for mediators.
  • Managed the Sri Lanka component of the UNFEM South Asia Regional Initiative addressing trafficking of women working with government entities, law enforcement, trade unions and civil society organizations.
  • On women's labour migration in Sri Lanka – Managed the process and produced the Sri Lanka National Labour Migration Policy and the Sri Lanka Migration Health Policy; worked on the implementation of the National Migration Policy.
  • Developed the Gender Policy of the Ministry of Labour in Sri Lanka and a workplace gender policy for private employment sector in Sri Lanka. Served as member of the National Women's Committee. As a gender trainer, Ms. Jayasundere was involved in gender sensitization and gender mainstreaming as well as raising awareness on women's rights among a wide range of institutions including the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of National Languages and Social Integration, Women's Affairs, the Sri Lanka Army, bilateral and multilateral donors, UN agencies and local NGOs.


Recent publications:

  • Access to Justice Assessments in the Asia Pacific: A Review of Experiences and Tools from the Region. 2010. UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Centre.
  • Voices of Survivors - Case Stories of Domestic Violence Victims. 2012. Women In Need. Colombo.
  • Training Manual and Trainee Manual on Addressing Gender Based Violence in Community Mediation. Ministry of Justice and Women In Need. 2010.
  • Mediation Training Manuals for the Community Mediation Program of the Ministry of Justice. Coauthored with Dr. Christopher Moore and M. Thirunavukarasu. 2010


Education: Attorney at Law, Sri Lanka Law College, Masters in Women's Studies and PhD from University of Colombo.

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