Findings from Sri Lanka’s First Dedicated National Survey on Violence Against Women and Girls

Authored by: Government of Sri Lanka

Categories: Human Rights
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation, Economic Participation, Human Development, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Sexual and Reproductive Health
Country: Sri Lanka
Region: South and Central Asia
Year: 2020
Citation: "Findings from Sri Lanka's First Dedicated National Survey on Violence Against Women and Girls." United Nations Population Fund. October 2020.

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Executive Summary

Women’s wellbeing could be measured by many aspects such as the access to decent employment, economic security, equal access to resources, political participation, decision making, health and personal safety. Violence against Women is one of the most pervasive human rights violations that impacts the progression and wellbeing of women and girls. This report focused on that aspect. With 52% of the population being women in Sri Lanka it is vital they are part of the development agenda. Global evidence highlights when women have the freedom to make their own choices and decisions they are able to contribute more effectively to a countries development process. Sri Lanka has taken many measures to promote gender equality and has achieved gender parity or near parity in education and health through the introduction of free health and education services. However, many challenges remain in addressing gender equality and ensuring that women and girls can have a life of dignity and respect.