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Gender Issues

Japan, UN Women support 600 women-led micro enterprises in Sri Lanka

The project supports women-led micro-enterprises in Ampara, Colombo, Moneragala, Mullaitivu and Vavuniya.

January 24, 2024 2 min read

Sri Lanka's returning female migrant workers don't plan for long-term sustainability: study

They rarely see the need for such reintegration as they do not understand the economic and labour market realities.

November 9, 2023 5 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.

November 6, 2023 6 min read

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
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Gender budgeting, two new bills to empower women: Sri Lanka president

Imperative that women’s rights go beyond mere rhetoric, Ranil Wickremesinghe tells International Women’s Day event

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Sri Lanka to bring in new laws, increase safe houses for women

Two new bills that will be presented to parliament after Cabinet approval

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

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
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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

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