Fellow Since 2009
Red Flag Women's Movement
This description of Menaha Kandasamy's work was prepared when Menaha Kandasamy was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2009.
Menaha Kandasamy, the daughter of a plantation worker, has been changing the structure of traditionally male dominant plantation labor unions in Sri Lanka into a more representative and egalitarian setup by ensuring a 50 percent representation of women within the estate committees. Menaha is President of the Ceylon Plantation Workers Union (CPWU), one of the most powerful plantation unions in the country. Menaha also founded the Red Flag Womens Movement that has made immense headway in championing women workers grievances and disputes in labor courts and received landmark verdicts.
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