CGSUK Distinguished Keynote Oration


Professor Emeritus Savitri Goonesekere (Former Vice Chancellor, University of Colombo) delivered the inaugural Annual CGSUK Distinguished Keynote Oration
Social Transformation, Gender Inequality and Violence against Women in Contemporary Sri Lanka on the 12th of December 2012 .

Savitri Goonesekere is Emeritus Professor of  Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She was formerly Vice Chancellor, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and a member of the Expert Committee (Treaty body) monitoring the UN Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women from 1999 to 2002. A member of several regional and national bodies on women’s issues she has held fellowships in universities in the US and the UK. She served from 2005 to 2011 as a member of the U.N. Trust Fund for Victims of Torture. Professor Goonesekere has contributed to advocacy and law reform initiatives in Sri Lanka and has also acted as a consultant for several international agencies working on law and human rights projects in the Asian region. She has published widely on family law, women and children’s rights, human rights, law and development issues.