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Gender Issues

Sri Lanka president proposes long neglected laws for gender equity, women empowerment 

Most Sri Lankan men are gender insensitive, not serious about violence against women

December 1, 2022 3 min read

Sri Lanka’s gender parity should be advanced in economic crisis: IPS

COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing economic crisis have stymied Sri Lanka’s efforts to achieve gender parity.

November 28, 2022 8 min read

Worsening period poverty in Sri Lanka threatens to keep female students home: MP

As of September, the price of a 15-napkin pack ranges from 350 to 800 rupees in the market

September 22, 2022 3 min read

UN body finds Sri Lanka's criminalisation of same-sex relations between women human rights violation

Other activists globally too have welcomed this decision.

March 24, 2022 3 min read
Over 16 pct Sri Lanka state uni students sexually harassed, 1.5 pct forced into sex: study

The study covered a cross section of universities: old and new unis, and those situated in previous conflict zones.

Sri Lanka should consider legalising abortion for rape victims: Justice Minister

“If a woman is forced to have a child conceived by rape, that child will be looked at with hatred."

Bhutanese women seek leadership roles

Bhutan is matrilineal, but the women are still in the kitchen

Kshama Ranawana
December 27, 2021 6 min read

Speaker to probe alleged verbal sexual harassment of Sri Lanka female opposition MP

The MP in question had allegedly sung a lewd song lyric directed at MP Athukorala.

August 3, 2021 1 min read

Leading the Nation through inclusion, equality and educational reforms

Ten women, academics, professionals, activists and sportswomen were invited to speak for ten minutes at a March 8 event ...

Kshama Ranawana
March 15, 2021 10 min read

Hashtag Generation launches Reform Charter for Media Houses to bring gender equality.

A Media Gender Charter launched by Hashtag Generation in Collaboration with IREX identifies ethics and sets minimum stan...

March 5, 2021 5 min read

Wake Up! It’s time for Gender Parity not Patriarchy

The resistance from a number of senior police officers to the appointment of Bimshani Jasin Arachchi as the first woman ...

Kshama Ranawana
February 22, 2021 6 min read

Dr Fernandopulle chosen as Chair of the Women’s caucus in Parliament

Dr Sudarshini Fernandopulle has been unanimously elected as the Chairperson of the tiny Women Parliamentarians Caucus an...

December 14, 2020 2 min read

Sri Lanka's violence against women is a shadow pandemic

Sri Lanka has a culture of tolerating violence against women with many incidents growing unreported, an activist has sai...

December 3, 2020 13 min read
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Sri Lankan women discriminated against because of Mat Leave benefits – Verité

Sri Lanka’s women between the ages of 20-40 are most likely to be unemployed because hiring them is expensive for the ...

Mahadiya Hamza
October 1, 2020 5 min read

Advocata panel finds many barriers for women to enter politics

A panel discussion hosted by the think tank Advocata has highlighted myriad issues that prevent more women from entering...

September 10, 2020 2 min read

Opinion: Onus on University staff to enforce discipline to stop ragging

Pasindu Hirushan Silva, the Sri Jayewardenepura student who was seriously injured when a tyre fell on him, has gone to c...

Kshama Ranawana
September 6, 2020 7 min read
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Sri Lanka's women are deprived of positions in political power yet again

The task of untangling the island from its woes has now been handed over to a male-led Parliament to uphold the true val...

Sathya Karunarathne
August 25, 2020 7 min read

Opinion: Not having a Cabinet level Ministry dealing with Women and Children’s needs is regressive

By relegating the subject of women and children to a State Ministry without even a stand-alone status, it seems that for...

Kshama Ranawana
August 16, 2020 7 min read

Human Rights Defender Deepika Udagama quits as Chair of the Human Rights Commission

Sri Lanka’s Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission, internationally renowned Human Rights Defender Dr Deepika Udag...

August 3, 2020 2 min read

Opinion: An All Women Party mooted to break into male-dominated politics

Though it is eighty-nine years since the first Sri Lankan woman, Adeline Molamure entered the State Legislature, then kn...

Kshama Ranawana
August 2, 2020 7 min read

What is holding back Sri Lankan Women from entering politics: Lihini Fernando decodes

Despite Sri Lankan women having progressed by breaking boundaries in many fields, their participation in the country’s...

Mahadiya Hamza
July 27, 2020 5 min read

Women’s activists demand Mahinda apologise to Jalani over remark over childless women

A group of activists staged a demonstration against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today protesting remarks made by hi...

July 24, 2020 2 min read

Women nominees: Poor showing from major parties in run-up to Sri Lanka's polls

With nominations being concluded for the upcoming parliamentary election, questions have been raised as to whether women...

Tharumalee Silva
July 24, 2020 4 min read

Send more women to next Parliament - MPs

The women Members of Parliament are appealing to voters at the upcoming Parliamentary General elections to send more wom...

February 21, 2020 2 min read