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Canada, UNFPA to address sexual, gender-based violence in Sri Lanka

The High Commissioner of Canada to Sri Lanka, David McKinnon, and Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sri Lanka, Ms. Ritsu Nacken, signed a letter of agreement in reference to a grant arrangement of CDN$900,000.

The grant is provided by the Government of Canada to UNFPA Sri Lanka for the delivery of the project, ‘Addressing Sexual Gender-based Violence through Public Institutions‘, by 31 March 2020.

The purpose of this project is to increase the capacity of the Government of Sri Lanka to advance Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and to effectively respond to sexual and gender-based violence in Sri Lanka. As the lead UN Agency in advocating for universal SRHR, and the Chair of the National Forum Against Gender-based Violence, UNFPA is well placed to ensure delivery of this project.

This CDN$900,000 grant to UNFPA is part of Canada’s CDN$650 million comprehensive approach to address gaps in funding SRHR globally, and is a continuation of Canadian support in Sri Lanka for women’s empowerment, political participation, and ending gender-based violence in line with their Feminist International Assistance Policy. (Colombo Gazette)

1 Comment for “Canada, UNFPA to address sexual, gender-based violence in Sri Lanka”

  1. Naga Ramalingam

    Canada’s grant is timely. This is a long overdue exercise that is very necessary for Sri Lanka. Me Too initiatives that started recently by some groups of women in Sri Lanka can now boldly come forward and articulate sexual violation without fear. Sexual violence during war, and during insurrections in Sri Lanka is well known due to revelations by media and international watchers. What was not known or not challenged is sexual violence, harassment and exploitation perpetrated by Police, politicians, hierarchical public servants and executives. Sexual solicitation and exploitation is even more prevalent for women in the low socio-economic situations due to fear of repercussion, loss of job, and lack of resources to access legal help.
    For this project to be well meaning and effective, the government should put in place necessary infrastructure machinery that is fool proof and invulnerable to political influence.

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