Hashtag Generation was founded in June 2015 in order to fill the vacuum that exists in meaningful youth civic and political participation in Sri Lanka. Social media was identified as an efficient platform to raise awareness and catalyze dialogue on important issues through creative, easy-to-understand & youth-friendly digital illustrations and advocacy campaigns. However, as the team expanded, Hashtag Generation also undertook several offline campaigns and projects.
With the support of FRIDA, they conducted two training programs in the Western and Northern Provinces in Sri Lanka for aspiring female politicians from all parts of the country. “Looking back, we can’t help but feel extremely proud of ourselves not only because of the successful execution of the two training sessions, but also because of the significant challenges we had to overcome to make this training a reality. All women who attended our training programmes were leaders in their communities and were already holding various positions of leadership. We are hopeful that many of them will obtain nominations from the parties of their choice for the upcoming elections and that we will see at least some of their faces in local authorities, provincial councils and, even the parliament!,” they say.