Impact of Displacement on Dowries in Sri Lanka



The International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) is pleased to invite you to a discussion on the ‘Impact of Displacement on Dowries in Sri Lanka’. The discussion will explore the link between displacement and dowry systems in Sri Lanka and will be held on Wednesday, 1st April from at 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm at the ICES Auditorium, 2, Kynsey Terrace, Colombo 8.

The discussion will revolve around a recent study authored by Danesh Jayatilaka (Research Fellow, ICES / Researcher, Centre for Migration Research and Development) and Dr. Kopalapillai Amirthalingam (Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Colombo) done for ‘the Brookings-London School of Economics (LSE) Project on Internal Displacement’.

Displacement, whether due to conflict, natural disasters or development, not only directly and negatively affects those who are displaced, but also can have far-reaching effects on the culture and society as a whole. The study examines the impact of displacement, caused by both the civil war and the 2004 tsunami – on Sri Lanka’s dowry systems – and the subsequent consequences for women’s livelihoods, family life and social traditions. While there are existing studies on displacement, gender and dowry systems in Sri Lanka, few studies examine the impact of displacement on the dowry system in Sri Lanka. The study may be accessed at;

Professor Tudor Silva (Senior Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya) will review the study and Dr. Sepali Kottegoda (Director, Women and Media Collective) and Dr. Vagisha Gunasekara (Senior Research Professional, Centre for Poverty Analysis) will lead the moderated discussion.

Please confirm your participation by email or phone to Lakmali on or 11-2685085.  (Ext- 103)

PDF:  Impact of Displacement on Dowries in Sri Lanka on 1st April 2015