In 2018 Hashtag Generation revived its #WEGOVERNSL 2018 initiative after the Local Authorities Election Act was amended in March 2016 to include a 25 per cent quota for women at the local government polls. With the implementation of this policy over 2000 women were slated to be elected into office following the Local Government elections in 2018, marking a significant milestone in Sri Lanka’s political history.
Hashtag Generation once again conducted a two-day residential program on 10 and 11 March 2018 for fifty women candidates from across Sri Lanka who were elected to Local Government bodies representing different political parties in a bid to better equip them to face challenges in the political arena. The workshop was an interactive master class covering the basics of political communications, social media and advocacy for youth engagement and gender equality within Local Government institutions.
As a part of this initiative, an over-the-phone survey was also conducted covering a database of 2000 women in Sri Lanka to understand their political aspirations and social media use. Utilising this information, educational videos and posters were created and circulated via social media platforms aimed at the women including those trained at the workshop in the hopes they, in turn, share the educational content with their communities.