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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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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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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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Maternal and Newborn Health Strategic Plan (MNH SP) 2017 – 2025 is developed in order to address the unfinished agenda of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to address inequities within and between districts and population groups and to help the country to begin implementing the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) without delay. The MNH SP, spanning 9 years of the SDGs, provides guidance to accelerate momentum for maternal and newborn health in the country. It is expected to achieve a transformation in health and sustainable development by 2030 for all women and newborns and their families.

 

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7 March 2018 (Colombo, Sri Lanka): The World Health Organization (WHO) in Sri Lanka and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sri Lanka, jointly echo the statement issued by the United Nations in Sri Lanka earlier today, regarding the recent incidents of communal violence, and jointly condemn these actions in the strongest possible terms.

 

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The unnatural deaths of women and girl children are often a subject of speculation on the part of the general public, especially when they are due to external causes such as injury or trauma or when the manner or circumstances of death involve homicides, suicides, accidents, or cannot be determined. A key channel of disseminating knowledge about such deaths is via the media, especially via newspaper reportage. 

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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.
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The International technical guidance on sexuality education is a technical tool that presents the evidence base and rationale for delivering comprehensive sexuality education to young people in order to achieve the global Sustainable Development Goals. The guidance identifies the characteristics of effective comprehensive sexuality education programmes, recommends essential topics and learning objectives that should be covered in curricula for all learners, and outlines approaches for planning, delivering and monitoring comprehensive sexuality education programmes.

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This Compendium on law, Gender Based Violence and Reproductive Rights seeks to put together the sources and provide information on the Constitutional Provisions, legislation, regulations, jurisprudence (major cases) that apply in this important area of public concern. It also introduces the aspects of International law and policy that should guide and influence responses to gender based violence and reproductive rights. The Compendium clarifies the main principles on criminal and civil procedures applicable in litigation in the courts, and has a section on mechanisms for human rights protection. A separate section on gaps in law, policy and procedures and recommendations for a holistic response has been included. 

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Sri Lanka is experiencing a low level of HIV epidemic, with a prevalence of less than 5% in any defined key affected population, and less than 1% of the general population. Stigma and discrimination are among the foremost barriers to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. This undermines HIV prevention efforts by making people afraid to seek HIV information, services and modalities to reduce their risk of infection and to adopt safer behaviours. The second Stigma assessment of people living with HIV in Sri Lanka – 2017 was carried out to assess the stigma among people living with HIV in Sri Lanka.

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