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Remarkable gains have been made in sexual and reproductive health and rights since 1969, when UNFPA was established. But despite progress, hundreds of millions of women today still face economic, social, institutional and other barriers that prevent them from making their own decisions about whether, when, how often and with whom to become pregnant. 

The pursuit of rights  and choices is an  ongoing one, with  new challenges  emerging all  the time.

 

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On International Women's Day 2019, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sri Lanka released a progress update summary about the 3 year project funded by the Canadian Government in strengthening public institutions to respond to gender-based violence. The project titled 'We Are With Her' will be completed in March 2020. 

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Sexual harassment is a grave violation of human rights.  According to the findings of the study conducted by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 90% of Sri Lankan women and girls have faced sexual harassment in public buses and trains at least once in their lifetime. Only 4% of those affected sought help from the police. 

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Not so long ago, most people had large families: five children, on average.

Where once there was one global fertility rate, today there are many, with differences wider than at any point in human history. 

Family size, whether small or large, is intertwined with reproductive rights, which are tied to many other rights, such as thoise to health and education, adequate income and the freedom to make choices and non-discrimination.

Where all rights are realized, people tend to thrive. Where they aer not, people are not able to realize their potential, and fertility rates tend to be higher than what most people really want. 

 

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Sexuality is an intrinsic part of life and connotes the totality of a human being. Unlike the word ‘sex’ that represents a physiologic act or the categorizations into which human beings are often boxed into; sexuality denotes the most intimate feelings and deepest longings of humans to find sexual expression and meaningful relationships with others and often with their own identities.

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By 2030, 1 in 5 people in Sri Lanka will be above the age of 60 years. This means that Sri Lanka is currently facing a demographic transition, with a rapidly ageing population. The speed of ageing in Sri Lanka is the highest in the South Asia region. Ageing is a triumph of development and should be seen as a success story for public health policies and socioeconomic development. A favorable combination of lower fertility, lower mortality and international migration trends lead towards a transition of the age structure in the country. Initially this has resulted in a large cohort of young people, creating the ‘demographic dividend’ phase, which is still continuing while at the same time leading to a significant increase in the proportion of the older population. Data shows that the oldest age category (75+ years) is increasing in comparison to the young-old age category (60-74 years). Further, evidence shows that women continue to outnumber men in the old ages due to higher life expectancy among females. This marks the feminization of ageing in Sri Lanka.
 

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100 Voices aims at mobilizing youth networks by creating a platform for youth advocates to empower 100 of their peers, with evidence and knowledge on sexual and reproductive health, and gender-based violence through community based activities and social media engagement. The campaign hopes to create a ripple effect among young people in fostering greater interest and knowledge on youth rights, gender-based violence (GBV) and sexual and reproductive health (SRH). 

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The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is the lead UN agency ensuring sexual and reproductive health and rights for all. 

In Sri Lanka, we deliver this mandate by advocating for evidence-based policies that enable the full realization of sexual and reproductive health and rights of women, young people and the elderly. 

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For ageing women, menopause is a significant transition from both a biological and social perspective. Hormonal changes occurring during the menopausal period are related, either directly or indirectly, to adverse effects on quality of life. The menopause flipchart provides information on how to manage menopause effectively.

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To mark World Population Day (2018), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) together with the Parliamentary Sectoral Oversight Committee on Women and Gender, and the Ministry of Education in Sri Lanka jointly held UNFPA’s 5th Generation-to-Generation (G2G) dialogue to highlight the need for Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in Sri Lanka.

This report provides a snapshot of the discussions of the G2G dialogue and provides policy points that can assist in evidence-based decision making.

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