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4 August 2020
Press Release
Equity in sexual and reproductive health and rights

Equity in sexual and reproductive health and rights

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (04 August 2020): In Sri Lanka, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services are often inaccessible to persons living with disabilities due to barriers such as physical, financial... Read more

22 July 2020
Press Release

Fashion with a cause: UNFPA & Designer Amilani Perera raise awareness on Violence Against Women

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (22 July 2020): Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world. It knows no social, economic, or geographic boundaries and can... Read more

11 July 2020
Statement

“I can’t breathe”, a wakeup call for the world, this World Population Day

Opinion Editorial by Ms. Ritsu Nacken, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative, Sri Lanka and Country Director, Maldives   I heard George Floyd’s words in my home in Sri Lanka, where my... Read more

4 June 2020
Press Release

Canada grants CDN$400,000 to UNFPA to strengthen Government response for COVID19 pandemic in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (04 June 2020): High Commissioner of Canada to Sri Lanka, HE David McKinnon, and Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Sri Lanka, Ms. Ritsu Nacken, signed a... Read more

10 May 2020
News

For many pregnant women, COVID-19 worries cast a shadow over Mother’s Day

COLOMBO, 10 May - A. R. Vasantha Geethani Karunarathna is worried about her heart. She had to be admitted for a cardiovascular condition during her first pregnancy, and her local midwife thinks it is... Read more

5 May 2020
News

Childbirth doesn't stop for pandemics, neither do midwives. Here's the story of Malani from Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, 5 May - Malani Rathanayaka has been a midwife for 20 years, but in the last few weeks her work has changed beyond recognition thanks to COVID-19.  At her last clinic in early April some 30... Read more

8 April 2020
Press Release

The needs of women, pregnant mothers and girls at the centre of UNFPA’s COVID-19 response

8 April 2020 (Colombo, Sri Lanka)- The country representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Sri Lanka, Ms. Ritsu Nacken, handed over prepositioned maternity and dignity kits to Dr.... Read more

25 February 2020
Press Release
Birth defects and disabilities must be addressed from the lens of human rights and inclusion.

Birth defects and disabilities must be addressed from the lens of human rights and inclusion.

Colombo, Sri Lanka (25 February 2020): People with disabilities are amongst the most marginalized groups when it comes to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services. Even when health services are... Read more

31 January 2020
Press Release
Improved Access to Services on Gender-Based Violence and Sexual and Reproductive Health for Women and Young people in Sri Lanka

Improved Access to Services on Gender-Based Violence and Sexual and Reproductive Health for Women and Young people in Sri Lanka

Improved Access to Services on Gender-Based Violence and Sexual and Reproductive Health for Women and Young people in Sri Lanka UNFPA and Its Implementing Partners Sign 2020 Annual Work Plans for... Read more

18 December 2019
Press Release

Paving the way towards a safer Sri Lanka for women and girls

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (18 December 2019): Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world. The costs of violence are extremely high and include direct... Read more

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