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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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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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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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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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