Dr Charika Marasinghe is an International Human Rights and Child Rights Law Consultant. She was a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law of the University of Colombo; a Deputy Chairperson and a member of the National Child Protection Authority. She is also a trainer and a resource person in the field of human rights, child rights and women’s rights.
Dr. Marasinghe has been a volunteer of Sarvodaya, the largest NGO in Sri Lanka, for more than four decades, co-founding the Sarvodaya Legal Services Movement in 1985 and the Sarvodaya ‘Ma Sevana’ in1999, the first home in Sri Lanka for child/teenage mothers who have been victims of rape; As a trustee of the Vishva Niketan International Peace and Meditation Centre in Sri Lanka (the spiritual arm of Sarvodaya), she co-founded the psycho-spiritual healing programme for Sri Lankan prison inmates, in 1999 and the 3S Spiritual Retreat entitled ‘Searching the Self, Serving Society and Saving the Environment’ for Stress Reduction in 2017. Dr. Marasinghe also serves as a Volunteer Child Rights and Institutional Development Consultant of Sarvodaya Suwasetha Sewa Society, the welfare arm of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement which looks after 235 infants, children, teenage mothers, senior citizens, children and women with disabilities in 13 Centres.
She was the co-recipient of the ‘Women and Engaged Buddhism Award’ (2008) of the Buddhist Council of Midwest, USA, for conceiving a psycho-spiritual healing programme for Tsunami survivors, and the recipient of ‘An Outstanding Woman in Buddhism Award’ (2009) from Thailand, for exceptional development of wisdom and compassion in the protection of child rights.
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