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‘We did it, sisters’: Argentina Senate votes to legalize abortion

By Nicolás Misculin BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) -Argentina’s Senate voted on Wednesday to legalize abortion, a first for a big country in Latin America and a...

Scotland becomes first country to make tampons and pads available for free

Image: MSP Monica Lennon (second left) with campaigners against period poverty outside Scotland's Parliament in February. By Rob Picheta and Ivana Kottasová, CNN. London (CNN). Scotland has become...

Infographic: Gender equality – Where are we today?

Image courtesy of www.unops.org. This infographic highlights progress and remaining challenges for women in a range of areas, from politics, to literacy, to wages and...

Facilitating night work for women in Sri Lanka

File photo from shethepeople.tv. Increasing female labour force participation has been a challenge for the country. These challenges are even greater for night-work and shift-work (hence...

The World Trade Organization is set to have its first female leader

Image: South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee and Nigeria's former foreign and finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala are the finalists to lead the WTO.  The World...

Women nominees: Poor showing from major parties in run-up to Sri Lanka’s polls – Tharumalee Silva

ECONOMYNEXT – Since Sri Lanka produced the first-ever woman Prime Minister of the world in 1960 with Sirimavo Bandaranaike’s landslide victory, and one the...

FAST FACTS: Nine things you didn’t know about menstruation

Image courtesy of independent.co.uk. Menstruation is stigmatized all over the world. Menstruation is a normal and healthy part of life for most women. Roughly half of...

Modern Slavery Act is having unintended consequences for women’s freedom in Sri Lanka

A woman hangs dresses at Timex garments factory in Wattala, Sri Lanka ,June 13, 2018. Credit: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters. By Sandya Hewamanne. The Modern Slavery Act was seen...

Sri Lanka: Women’s bodies as tools of State control – Megara Tegal

Last week men on social media celebrated Women Police Constables (WPCs) being the barrier between student protesters. This was apparently an achievement for gender...

Micro financing & the exploitation of rural women in Sri Lanka – Victor Ivan

It was Dr. Muhammad Yunus, a Bangladeshi social entrepreneur and civil society leader, Nobel Peace Prize winner, pioneer of the concepts of micro credit...

Sexual harassment in public transport in Sri Lanka : Speak up, Intervene and Be the Change

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (UNFPA/1 Mar 2019): “I was travelling in a bus when the man seated next to me started to touch my thigh,...

UNESCO urges revision to glaring gender oversight in the Colombo Declaration on Media Freedom  

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has drawn attention to a glaring omission from the existing Colombo Declaration on Media Freedom...

Sri Lankan Islamic center wants to keep female circumcision as a religious right

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Members of Sri Lanka’s Muslim communities on Wednesday condemned a government decision to ban female genital cutting as...

#MeToo sex scandals spur interest in standards for the aid sector

The slew of #MeToo sexual abuse scandals that has jolted the humanitarian sector has prompted calls for proper oversight and vetting of aid agencies...

Sri Lanka: Media’s #Me Too Moment; Time to do better – Sharanya Sekaram

In October 2017, feminism and social media were set aflame with a single hashtag - #MeToo. Most, if not all adult women have experienced harassment,...

Sri Lanka – Let’s not insult women: Devolving powers to women is no burden

  By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole There have been recent calls not to implement fully the legal requirement of having at least 25% women in each...

Do not default on implementing the 25% legally binding quota for women!

Statement: Letter to the Elections Commission, Leaders of Political Parties and the Speaker of the House of Parliament DO NOT Default on Implementing the...

Women Action Network Condemns Attacks on Woman Candidates

  (22.01.17 / WAN) A woman candidate who was involved in election campaign activities in Wellawaya area of Monaragala District has been admitted to the hospital...

The Cabinet Decision to Ban Women from Purchasing Liquor is Unconstitutional

Women are permitted to purchase liquor. On 10 January 2018, the Minister of Finance and Mass Media issued Excise Notification No. 02/2018 under the...

Sri Lanka’s president rejects move to allow women to buy alcohol

A move to grant women in Sri Lanka the same rights as men to buy alcohol legally has been overruled by President Maithripala Sirisena. He...

Sri Lanka: Women eager for chance in elections

Image: WMC meets and trains women candidates from Kurunagala who received nominations for the upcoming Local Government elections. ( credit @womenandmedia )  By UCAN By Niranjani Roland and Quintus...

The impact of war on women’s economic empowerment in Sri Lanka

Image: Many women have lost husbands or family members due to war, whether by death or disappearance. Savini Ganhewa. In 2009, the 26 years of civil war...

FGM in Sri Lanka: It’s never ‘just a nick’

Image: FGM is practiced by a number of Muslim communities in Sri Lanka By Zainab Ibrahim   & Ermiza Tegal. For decades, female genital mutilation (FGM) has been practiced...

Women’s quota in LG elections: Historic opportunity to elect qualified, capable women

BY Mirudhula Thambiah. Women's organizations and democracy activists are aghast at the attempts by corrupt politicians to suppress attempts by women to enter the Local...

Sri Lanka FGM/FGC Victims speak out

Save the Girl Child, a group of concerned citizens representing the Muslim community in Sri Lanka, Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka and Mumbai-based...

UN UPR and women’s rights in Sri Lanka – Shreen Saroor

At Sri Lanka’s last UPR, the Government accepted recommendations from South Africa and Iran (numbers 127.68 and 127.69). These recommendations called on Sri Lanka...

Realizing Muslim Women’s Rights in Sri Lanka – When Is The Right Time? – Shreen Abdul Saroor

Image: Muslim women in Sri Lanka; Credit: Abdul-Halik Azeez. The Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) which was enacted in 1951 has been perceived primarily as...

A trial-at-bar in Jaffna and a governance muddle in Colombo – Kishali Pinto Jayawaradena. 

The Vidhya prosecution differed from the Krishanthi Kumaraswamy prosecution... ( Photo: A protest held against the killing of Krishanthi Kumaraswamyin in Colombo; credit Sunday...

Calling for your solidarity: Support the current Abotion bill in Sri Lanka!

A signature campaign has been launched to gather support for the current abortion bill that being discussed at  the cabinet of ministers. The petition and the link to...

Long way to go for gender equality in Sri Lanka despite early start

(NewsIn.Asia) Sri Lanka has led the way to female liberation or gender equality in Asia in important ways, and has had an early start...
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Amnesty International urges UNHRC to establish an international accountability mechanism on Sri Lanka

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THE HILL WE CLIMB- Amanda Gorman

When day comes we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade? The loss we carry, a sea we must wade We've braved the belly...

Sri Lanka President appoints a CoI on human rights violations weeks before the HRC 46

Image~ Sri Lanka flag at the UNHRC, Geneva © sunanda deshapriya සුනන්ද දේශප්‍රිය. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a three-member commission to identify the findings...

Rajapaksas marching Sri Lanka towards military rule

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is filling government with ex-top brass in the name of 'professionalizing' island-nation's politics. by Salman Rafi Sheikh Even at the height of the Sri...