Perspectives: Reflecting on five decades of sexual and reproductive health and rights in Sri Lanka
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Perspectives: Reflecting on five decades of sexual and reproductive health and rights in Sri Lanka

In her introduction to Perspectives (which I wrote for the United Nations Population Fund to mark 50 years of their work in Sri Lanka) Ritsu Nacken the County Representative for UNFPA Sri Lanka explains what the publication sets out to do: “This year, 2019, marks two important milestones in the field of reproductive health globally: 50 years … Continue reading

Lawyers and activists urge Sri Lanka to ban genital cutting
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Lawyers and activists urge Sri Lanka to ban genital cutting

COLOMBO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Lawyers and activists representing a group of Sri Lankan women who were subjected to female genital cutting as children will meet the justice minister on Wednesday to urge a ban on the ritual. The minister called for a meeting after the women spoke out against the tradition which is practiced … Continue reading

Butter knife or sharp blade? Either way, FGM survivors in Sri Lanka want it to stop
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Butter knife or sharp blade? Either way, FGM survivors in Sri Lanka want it to stop

COLOMBO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When her daughter turned seven, and it was time for the “khatna” – a female genital mutilation (FGM) ritual – a close friend advised Naqiyah to try the butter knife method. A trusted doctor in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo would simply run a blunt knife against little Tanzeem’s vagina, … Continue reading

Why Sri Lanka beats India in maternal mortality ratios
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Why Sri Lanka beats India in maternal mortality ratios

Colombo, Sri Lanka – Ariyaseeli Gunaweera, known as Ari to all, is a supervising public health midwife in Sri Lanka. She is, as a result, a person of some importance. Ajith Kumarasiri certainly thinks so – when Ari sends him on an errand, he hurries to get it done, returning with a large 10cc syringe … Continue reading