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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...

Pakistani village court orders gang rape as revenge

Multan, July 27 (Reuters): Pakistani police have arrested 25 members of an informal village council accused of ordering the rape of a 16-year-old girl...

UN CESCR 61: Concluding observations on the 5th periodic report of Sri Lanka

Image: CESCR 61 Sri Lanka session was held 12-13 June  at Palais Wilson, Geneva.©s.deshapriya. Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Concluding observations on the fifth...

Women’s and Minority Rights in Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice Process

The team: Speakers and few others posed for a phtograph after the side event. (c) s.deshapriya. On Friday 17th March at the 34th session of...

Sri Lanka: Making prompt and concrete progress on rights issues vital to regain GSP+ – EU

Image: EU Ambassador TungLaï Margue presenting his credentials to  President Sirisena ( file photo). European Union  has stressed  the importance of Sri Lanka making prompt...
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Killing of M. Madush in police custody: Police version is a pure fabrication, the lawyer writes to BASL

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