I’m Prepared – Equality for Refugee Women in the Return-Reintegration Context is a three year project in Thailand, Myanmar, India and Sri Lanka supported by the Australian Government under the Gender Action Platform (GAP).
Through I’m Prepared, Act for Peace and its partners foster gender equality and women’s empowerment. The project pioneers a refugee-led approach to strengthen women’s resilience in the return and reintegration of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in India and Karenni refugees in Thailand. Community-led preparedness and evidence-based guidance helps women and their families prepare for a safe, dignified voluntary repatriation.
Amirtha is one of almost 70,000 Sri Lankan refugees who currently live in camps in remote areas across the Tamil Nadu state of India. She is preparing to return home together with her family and through the project received help to complete the difficult bureaucratic requirements. After fleeing the civil war more than 25 years ago, Amirtha is looking forward to new opportunities for her and her family in Sri Lanka. “I’m longing to go back and see my motherland. I’ll be able to go to work and start my own business,” says Amirtha.
Act for Peace partners with Organisation for Eelam Refugee’s Rehabilitation (OfERR), the University of Technology of Sydney (UTS) Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) and The Border Consortium (TBC).