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Gender Issues

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

June 8, 2023 3 min read
Only 7.7 pct of Sri Lanka's working-age women in formal employment: IPS

Household and caregiving responsibilities and limited availability of jobs compound the issue, the IPS said.

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

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

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
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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
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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

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