Policy Brief 6: Unnatural Deaths of Women and Girls in Sri Lanka (Prevention and Justice)

No. of pages: 12

Publication date: 5 March 2018

Author: Prof. Anuruddhi Edirisinghe

Publisher: UNFPA Sri Lanka & University of Kelaniya

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UNFPA conducted the first study of its kind in Sri Lanka to understand the contributory factors of unnatural deaths from a gender perspective. Conducted with the University of Kelaniya, the study focused on unnatural female deaths in five provinces in the country. An ‘unnatural death’ is said to occur as a result of external causes such as injury, trauma or poisoning where the manner or circumstance could be homicidal, suicidal or accidental, or at times even undetermined.