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Delivering Comprehensive Sexuality Education- Whose Role Is It?

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) hosted its 6th Generation-to-Generation dialogue in partnership with the Ministry of Education to
highlight that a wide range of stakeholders share responsibility in providing comprehensive sexuality education.

To understand the current context of delivering Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Education, with support from
UNFPA, commissioned an island-wide study on the ‘Analysis, of Knowledge and Attitudes of School Children’s Sexual and Reproductive Health
Education’. A policy brief based on the study was formulated and launched at the event.

This post-brief document provides a snapshot of the discussions of the G2G dialogue and provides advocacy pointers that can assist in
evidence-based policy making.

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மகிழ்ச்சிமிகு, சிறந்த குடும்பத்துக்கான நேர்முக தொடர்பாடல்

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 costs to the country as well as the untold cost inflicted on survivors and their communities for generations to come. Putting an end to this grave issue requires the efforts of ground-level health officials working with survivors who face brutal realities.

Taking this purview, the Ministry of Health with the support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) launched a resource package on the ‘Health Sector Response to Prevention and Management of Gender-based Violence’.

The package includes a Gender-based Violence Behavioral Change Communication Manual for Healthcare Providers and the Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) and Guidelines. These important tools will assist and guide health sector officials to improve the overall health sector response to survivors of gender-based violence in a coordinated and standardized manner. These life-changing tools were developed in alignment with the Health Sector Module of the Essential Service Package, which is an international guideline-based on best practices for a response for survivors and victims of sexual and gender-based violence.

 

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සතුට සපිරි යහපත් පවුලක් උදෙසා ධනාත්මක සන්නිවේදනය

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 costs to the country as well as the untold cost inflicted on survivors and their communities for generations to come. Putting an end to this grave issue requires the efforts of ground-level health officials working with survivors who face brutal realities.

Taking this purview, the Ministry of Health supported by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) launched a resource package on the ‘Health Sector Response to Prevention and Management of Gender-based Violence’.

The package includes a Gender-based Violence Behavioral Change Communication Manual for Healthcare Providers and the Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) and Guidelines. These important tools will assist and guide health sector officials to improve the overall health sector response to survivors of gender-based violence in a coordinated and standardized manner. These life-changing tools were developed in alignment with the Health Sector Module of the Essential Service Package, which is an international guideline-based on best practices for a response for survivors and victims of sexual and gender-based violence.

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Sri Lanka is fast becoming a country that has the oldest people in the South Asian region. It is also one of the fastest ageing countries in the world. Between 1981 and 2012, the proportion of the population aged 60 years and above, has increased from 6.6% to 12.4%. It is estimated that by 2030, 1 in 5 people in Sri Lanka will be above the age of 60. Globally and in Sri Lanka, women continue to make up a growing majority of the older population. This marks the feminization of ageing. 

 

In line with this, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in partnership with the Ministry of Primary Industries and Social Empowerment, together with HelpAge Sri Lanka, convened the second of a series of high-level policy dialogue on population ageing, titled ‘Ageing Without Limits. The dialogue aims to provide policy-level inputs to maximize the opportunity of population ageing, with learning from good practices and lessons learned from other countries. The dialogue was on the topic of ‘Feminization of Ageing’, with a focus on gender dimensions of population ageing, sexual and reproductive health, and social protection issues. The dialogue was led by a panel of local and international experts with the participation of relevant officers from government agencies, civil society, the private sector, the development sector, and academia.

 

The fruitful discussions assisted the compiling of this post brief which aims to act as an aid to address elder care issues in the country through effective policy making.

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Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) is a curriculum-based process of teaching and learning about the cognitive, emotional, physical and social aspects of sexuality, reproductive health and rights. This policy brief is based on the a study by Prof. Karunatilake on 'An Analysis of Knowledge and Attitudes of Children's Sexaul and Reproductive Health Education', which was commissioned by the Ministry of Education and supported by UNFPA Sri Lanka. 

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Understanding the role of youth in preventing violent extremism, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Volunteers (UNV) commissioned a study on ‘The Potential Role of Young Leaders and Volunteers in Preventing Violent Extremism in Sri Lanka’ in September 2018. The study was conducted by the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS), with a sample size of 2,800 young people between the ages 15-29 years from the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Central Provinces. While the field study was carried out pre-Easter Sunday attacks, from November – December 2018, the findings revealed that 25% of Sri Lankan youth from the four provinces believed that their peers are attracted to ideologies of violent extremism.

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The Well Woman Programme - National Strategic Plan (2019-2023) aims to ensure by 2023, every woman in the targeted age cohorts, especially those farthest behind, has utilized quality health services through the Well Woman Clinics in Sri Lanka. 

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Sri Lanka established the first maternity hospital in 1879, making it the second maternity hospital in South Asia. Since then, Sri Lanka has come a very long way. 

With 2,100 mothers dying per 100,000 live births at the time, today this number has been brought down drastically to 39.3, which is a result of continuous investments and policy-level engagements in advancing maternal healthcare in Sri Lanka. 

In 1969, UNFPA was established globally, followed by its presence in Sri Lanka in 1973. With continuous support to the Government  of Sri Lanka, the country has achieved remarkable progress, boasting the best indicators for maternal healthcare in the region, today.

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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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