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MRG began working in Sri Lanka in 2009, implementing capacity building programmes for minority activists across the country. In addition, because staff members working for many human rights organizations were not allowed into Sri Lanka, it was one of the few international organizations to publish a number of first-hand research reports on human rights violations, focusing particularly on minorities. It became evident through its work with activists that the situation for minority women in the former conflict zones was worsening, and in 2013 MRG began a programme of work specifically on this issue. This research highlighted the fact that, while there was much debate and discussion on reconciliation in Sri Lanka, minority women – who were amongst the worst affected by the conflict – were still sidelined and their understanding of the concept was not making it into mainstream discourse.