Protecting Women and Girls

Gender-based Violence (GBV) is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world. When women and girls experience violence, it can affect their sexual and reproductive health choices, as well as their economic, educational and political empowerment.

According to a 2018 study done in 5 provinces in Sri Lanka, 1 in 3 female homicides were related to intimate partner violence.

Gender-based Violence (GBV) is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world. When women and girls experience violence, it can affect their sexual and reproductive health choices, as well as their economic, educational and political empowerment.

According to a 2018 study done in 5 provinces in Sri Lanka, 1 in 3 female homicides were related to intimate partner violence.

Preventing and responding to violence against women in development and humanitarian settings is a strategic priority for UNFPA.

UNFPA works with a range of partners including the Government of Sri Lanka and the private sector to:

- Strengthen public institutions to address sexual and gender-based violence

- Strengthen gender-focused corporate culture at the workplace to address gender-based violence and uphold gender equality

- Advocate for essential services for women and girls that support their safety, well-being and access to justice

 In Sri Lanka, UNFPA chairs the National Forum against gender-based violence and one of the lead UN agencies working to further gender equality and women’s empowerment.