Right to be Heard

By working together, poor and disadvantaged communities can speak louder.  Photograph: Oxfam

The right to be heard is the foundation for achieving our vision, widespread impact and sustainable change in Sri Lanka. A strong,  independent platform for addressing injustice emerges when citizens speak up for their rights, participate in democratic action and take advantage of opportunities to influence authorities on behalf of the poor and vulnerable to bring about positive change.

Oxfam promotes active citizenship in all our work so that civil society, especially poor and marginalised women and men, are enabled to lead their own development, act together to defend their rights, and engage effectively with government and other service providers on issues that affect them.

As a result:

  • Citizens, especially members of vulnerable and poor communities, continue to improve understanding of their rights better and have the capacity and space to engage effectively in decision-making to protect their rights.
  • Community-based and civil society organizations represent the interests of poor, especially women and girls, to resolve issues that affect their lives.
  • Oxfam and civil society organizations representing the poorest will be able to amplify their voices through local, provincial, national and international networks.
  • Poor and vulnerable communities will demand good governance, accountability, and transparency from the authorities.
  • The public will more proactively engage with one another, the government and private sector to create opportunities for communities to influence decision making.
  • Individuals and communities will challenge formal and informal power structures to highlight and address the interests of the poor and vulnerable.