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[7 Oct 2019 | No Comment | Posted by ]
How Effective is Engaging Men and Boys On Harmful Masculinities to Improve Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights?

Monday, 7th October 2019
The first ever systematic review of evidence on the effectiveness of gender-transformative interventions that engage men and boys has been published in BMJ Global Health. The review, undertaken by the UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP) and Queen’s University Belfast, presents what is known about interventions that engage men and boys, what works and what is the quality of the evidence.
The debate on gender equality has …

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[30 Apr 2019 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Relationship Education – Lead by Example

30th April, 2019
By Hans Billimoria
In recent years, we have tried to disentangle relationship education from sex education in Sri Lanka. Our impetus: sex education in Sri Lanka is limited to education around sex and reproduction, i.e. vaginal – penal penetration that leads to pregnancy and childbirth. UNESCO prefers the term comprehensive sexuality education, and defines it as follows:
“Comprehensive sexuality education is a curriculum-based process of teaching and learning about the cognitive, emotional, physical and social …

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[30 Mar 2019 | No Comment | Posted by ]
V Day 2019: Colombo 7

V Day 2019: Colombo 07, like previous years, is based on interviews, discussions, conversations, and news coverage on the varied manifestations of gender-based and intimate partner violence in Sri Lanka.
Following previous productions, among the feedback was that we should “take this message to the village”. So, this year, we do just that by focusing on the hamlet of Colombo 07, to underpin that emotional, physical, and sexual violence is not limited to rural and provincial …

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[11 Dec 2018 | No Comment | Posted by ]
International Human Rights Day 2018 – Time We Focused on Education Reform

Tuesday, 11th December 2018
The world celebrates International Human Rights Day on Monday. On this day in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly — then headquartered in Paris — ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). This day is now celebrated and marked across the world with high level events and more hosted by Governments, rights-based organizations and more.
But it seems that in 70 years, our struggle forward to ensure human rights and dignity for all …

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[13 Nov 2018 | No Comment | Posted by ]
We shall be the Butterflies for Democracy

The ‘First Citizen’ of our country who was elected by our vote and subsequently betrayed the public mandate, has resorted to using the term ‘Butterfly’, a derogatory term alluding to minority sexual orientations. He has done so to hurt, shame and insult his political opponents and the LGBTIQ+ community as a whole, in order to protect his waning popularity and to justify his anti-democratic acts. We stand here today in protest to the aforesaid act and …

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[23 Oct 2018 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Note Dropped in a School Complaint Box Helps Arrest Abuser Highlighting the Need for Counseling in Schools

Tuesday, 23rd October 2018
Hettipola Police said that a 52-year-old man who had been sexually abusing an under-aged girl for a period of 10 months, had been arrested. This came as a result of school teaching staff who read an anonymous letter written by the victim which had been dropped into acomplaint box put in place by the school authorities reports the Daily Mirror
A police officer said yesterday that the girl who was allegedly abused had been sent …

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[18 Oct 2018 | No Comment | Posted by ]
HIV Risk Calculator App Launched in Sri Lanka via NSACP

Tuesday, 13th September 
by Dharini Priscilla 
National STD/AIDS Control Programme (NSACP) recently launched ‘Stay Safe’ – A mobile app that facilitates self-assessment of the risk level of acquiring HIV.
The Stay Safe App, is an easy to use tool, that helps you determine the risk level of acquiring HIV through various sexual activities. The app provides a comprehensive list of common heterosexual and homosexual activities, for which the associated risk level can be obtained. The app also gives …

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[14 Oct 2018 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Why we don’t get consent

October 14th, 2018
By Paromita Vohra
Perhaps the most dispiriting thing about the stories emerging from the bhadralok #MeToo moment of the last two weeks is that not a single story about men I’ve actually known or met surprised me. It’s not because I had identical experiences with them (though I occasionally had) but because I had glimpsed something far more telling about consent in their eyes. As a smart and funny woman, who is a conventionally non-hot type, …

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[11 Sep 2018 | No Comment | Posted by ]
End Corporal Punishment In Sri Lanka – Vision 2020 To Hold Public Walk for Real Change on 30th September

Tuesday, 11th September 2018
Sri Lanka ratified the UNCRC in 1991 but lags behind the rest of the world in eliminating corporal punishment. Even though there are laws in the island banning corporal punishment in schools, such punitive disciplinary procedures are condoned by many educators and parents. It is socially acceptable because they reflect upon their own personal experiences, often glorifying severe punishments they received in their youth. Punishment is justified on the basis that such …

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[5 Sep 2018 | No Comment | Posted by ]
The vagina is self-cleaning – so why does the ‘feminine hygiene’ industry exist?

From talcum powder to jade eggs and douches, an industry has grown up to sell products – some of which are harmful – that play on women’s fears about being dirty or smelly

Which of the following should go nowhere near your vagina: a penis, a finger, a tampon or talcum powder? According to a jury in Missouri in July, it is the talc: the court found in favour of 22 women who claimed their ovarian …