Ashila Mapalagama

Ashoka Fellow
Amandoluwa, Sri Lanka, South Asia
Fellow Since 2012
Stand Up Movement


This profile was prepared when Ashila Mapalagama was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2012.

Through the “Stand Up” movement, Ashila Mapalagama is pioneering a fresh approach to an old problem; using a mutual assistance program that is an employee-based and self-financed social security system to create a collective identity and spur self-organization among predominately female Free Trade Zone (FTZ) workers and laborers who are affected by outsourcing in Sri Lanka.

The New Idea
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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