The two days South Asian Women’s Convergence on addressing Gender Inequality through Fiscal Justice and Access to Basic Services was jointly organised by the Sri Lankan organisations Community Education Centre, Eastern United Women’s Organisation, Human Development Organisation, Janawaboda Kedraya, Law and Society Trust, Mothers and Daughters of Lanka, Women’s Political Academy and, SAAPE and OXFAM, from 19 to 20 November, 2018 in Negombo, Sri Lanka. This convergence attempted to understand ‘inequality’ as an overall development challenge in South Asia. Similarly, the gender dimension of economic inequality and access to basic services and their link to the fiscal policies were discussed and analysed. The participants also developed a short and long-term regional campaign plan to raise the question of gender inequality with a focus on fiscal policies.

More than 40 participants representing women’s organisations, political activists, mass organisations and networks, social movements and academia from South Asia attended the programme. The convergence was concluded with the Negombo Declaration.