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Women's Rights

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.

March 20, 2023 2 min read

Sri Lanka foreign minister briefs diplomats ahead of tough UNHRC session

Sri Lanka likely to face strong criticism over its human rights situation, diplomats say

January 28, 2022 3 min read

Three women SSPs promoted to DIG in historic first for Sri Lanka Police

Promotions for women cadre in the police force have long been fraught with a number of issues.

October 7, 2021 2 min read

“In business there should be no difference between women and men”

Women entrepreneurs from several South Asian countries say investors should not differentiate between the genders of bus...

December 22, 2020 7 min read
Activists and academics ask for separate Cabinet Ministry for Women's Affairs

The downgrading of women and children’s affairs from Cabinet to State level has resulted in disappointed citizens and ...

Rights activist and academic Dr Harini Amarasuriya is the NPP National List nominee

Dr Harini Amarasuriya will be appointed as a National List Member of Parliament by the National People’s Power allianc...

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

Sri Lankan man accused of killing wife in Canada gets his trial dismissed due to court delays

A Sri Lankan man accused of murdering his 21-year old wife in 2012 in Montreal, Canada, has had his murder trial dismiss...

July 18, 2020 2 min read

Fear on Saukadi Beach

This is the tale of the little food shop on the beach that got hit because of events beyond the control of is owner and ...

Arjuna Ranawana
January 20, 2020 4 min read

Private Member's Bill seeks to free Muslim women from Child-Marriage

Muslim women’s rights activists say that the private member’s Bills drafted by MP Thusitha Wijemanna which seeks to ...

Nisali De Silva
January 3, 2020 2 min read

Resource package on Gender-based violence launched for health sector officials

December 23, 2019 2 min read

Islamophobia in Sri Lanka: Muslim women pushed to the margins

Muslim women became victims of the Islamophobia that swept the country after Muslim extremists launched suicide bomb at...

Arjuna Ranawana
December 6, 2019 4 min read

The need for safe places for women highlighted

The most predominant human rights violation in all places at all times is gender-based violence

Yakuta Dawood
November 25, 2019 2 min read

Public transport: 90% of women face harassment but less than 4% complain

While over 90% women are victims of gender-based violence in public transport, fewer than 4% seek legal recourse, a gend...

Nisali De Silva
November 25, 2019 3 min read

Sajith or Gota; who's ahead in the race

In twelve days’ time, Sri Lankans will go to the polls to choose a new president in what increasingly looks like a ver...

Arjuna Ranawana
November 4, 2019 5 min read

Are we finally done taxing Aunty Flo?

One of the most talked-about election promises this week has been Sajith Premadasa’s promise to distribute free sanita...

Nishtha Chadha
November 1, 2019 6 min read
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Women seek a quarter of Cabinet posts

The Women and Media Collective, a group of women’s rights activists presented a manifesto to candidates at the upcomin...

October 17, 2019 2 min read

Cabinet approval for MMDA a positive sign, but not adequate - activists

Muslim women's rights activists say that although the Cabinet approval given to reform the Muslim Marriage and Divorce A...

August 21, 2019 1 min read

Muslim women urge reforms to ‘unjust, Man-made’ laws

A collective of Muslim women activists representing different organizations, called for immediate reform of the Muslim M...

Nisali de Silva
July 26, 2019 2 min read

Website launched to combat cyberbullying

A new website called "Hithawathi" or "Confidante" to combat cyberbullying was launched at the Information and Communicat...

July 4, 2019 1 min read

Unmonitored microcredit lending a burden on rural women – CEPA

The Center for Poverty Analysis (CEPA), a research institute based in Colombo, points out that the unsupervised process ...

Nisali De Silva
June 27, 2019 2 min read

State-sector women may wear saree, osari or other "appropriate" garment

An amendment to the 29 May circular on dress code for government employees states that women at the workplace may wear a...

June 26, 2019 1 min read

Women victimised at times of crisis - activists

A collective of women's rights activists said yesterday (23) that women, being a vulnerable part of society, are victimi...

Nisali De Silva
May 24, 2019 2 min read

When Ministers’ children go to school, other children will follow suit – Women & Media Collectiv...

Noting the socio-economic implications of the prevailing situation in the country on working women, a women’s rights o...

May 15, 2019 2 min read