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Gender Issues

Sri Lanka’s labor minister talks workplace rights with transgender community

Need to align labor laws with global standards like ILO’s C190 and C180

September 19, 2023 1 min read

Sri Lanka drafts new laws to address gender socialisation, form national women's commission

Gender roles are socially constructed ideas of what it means to be one's assigned gender.

September 12, 2023 2 min read

Dutch feminist policy to help unlock female economic potential in Sri Lanka

Netherlands to help Sri Lanka unlock female workforce potential with feminist foreign policy

August 31, 2023 2 min read

Sri Lanka's bill to decriminalize homosexuality faces dissent from religious, civil rights groups

Petitioners against the bill have claimed that homosexuality is against the nature

June 12, 2023 2 min read
Sri Lanka's police, health workers mostly violate rights of LGBTQ community - report

police have been the perpetrators in 96 rights violation cases, while 64 cases are involved with health workers

Sri Lanka state-run TV probes into #MeToo style sexual harassment allegation by news anchor

Sri Lanka has rarely seen sexual harassment allegations coming into the public domain.

Sri Lanka considers to legalize homosexuality - PMD

"However, it has never been enforced for the last five decades to my knowledge,"

Apsara Rodrigo
March 31, 2023 2 min read

Sri Lanka to set up infant receiving counters for unwanted new-borns

8,000 complaints or around 500-600 a month. Most of the complaints relate to child harassment. Rape is a close second.

Roshani Fernando
March 20, 2023 2 min read

14 Sri Lanka firms pledge to increase female board representation to 20-pct

14 companies signed onto a commitment to boost female representation at the board level and in management to 20% by 2025

March 12, 2023 4 min read

Recognise Sri Lankan women's contributions including unpaid house work: Diana

The outspoken MP also highlighted harassment aimed at herself and other female colleagues in parliament.

March 8, 2023 2 min read

Sri Lanka must emulate New Zealand, Scotland in combating period poverty: Sajith

‘Period poverty’ refers to difficulties faced by low-income women and girls in accessing menstrual products.

March 8, 2023 2 min read

Sri Lanka President wants more women participating in decision making

The need to appoint an Ombudswoman has also been recognised, he said.

March 8, 2023 2 min read

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

Chanka Jayasinghe
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
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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.

March 22, 2022 4 min read

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."

Dulya de Silva
March 8, 2022 3 min read

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

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