Category: Gender and Sexuality

Country Profile on Universal Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health: Sri Lanka

The Country Profile on Universal Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services discusses how the well-networked health system in place from village to national level has helped Sri Lanka achieve sound indicators related to maternal health and HIV and AIDS. It briefly discusses health related expenditure and the availability of sexual and reproductive health services … Continue reading Country Profile on Universal Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health: Sri Lanka

IWD 2015 Short Film Festival: Equality for women is progress for all

In the wake of International Women’s Day the Sri Lanka Medical Association, together with Women and Media Collective and Family Planning Association organised a short film screening and discussion at the Lady Ridgeway hospital in Colombo on the 3rd of March 2015. The short film festival in Sinhala and Tamil languages were pertaining to issues … Continue reading IWD 2015 Short Film Festival: Equality for women is progress for all

WMC 30th Anniversary: Women’s Struggles, Women’s Pride

The history of women’s activisms in Sri Lanka is yet to be told. Men and male domination have silenced and eliminated women from the ‘official’ histories of the country and similarly around the world. But the memory of women’s activism remains in the stories told by great women like our grandmothers and elders that are … Continue reading WMC 30th Anniversary: Women’s Struggles, Women’s Pride

Counselling for Intimate Partner Violence against Women

by Chulani Kodikara More and more women in Sri Lanka are breaking the silence surrounding intimate partner violence against women (IPVW) to a third person outside their immediate family and friends and seeking formal institutional support to address the problem. This has to be attributed to both consciousness-raising programmes held through workshops, publications and media … Continue reading Counselling for Intimate Partner Violence against Women

The prevention of Domestic Violence Act and implementation problems

by Chulani Kodikara Following a number of years of lobbying by women’s organisations, the government of Sri Lanka in 2005 passed the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (PDVA). The Act fell short of the expectations of women’s organisations on a number of counts. Nevertheless it is a victory gained by the women’s movement in Sri … Continue reading The prevention of Domestic Violence Act and implementation problems