Colombo, Nov 25 (NIA) – Sri Lanka, on Friday, joined a global 16 day campaign, advocating for the elimination of all forms of Gender Based Violence against women around the world.
The United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA), in a statement said that in Sri Lanka, one out of four females is sexually abused by the time they reach 18 years of age.
Building on the momentum and success achieved from the 16 days of activism campaigns in the past, the National Forum against Gender-based violence urged all Sri Lankans to come together and take necessary action towards achieving a Gender based Violence free Sri Lanka.
The National Forum, on Friday, also launched a website which includes a unique feature titled ‘Real Stories’, which allows the public to anonymously share their stories regarding any Gender Based Violence incident that they may have encountered.
The European Union also officially launched a video featuring cricket stars Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena.
The video advocates for the elimination of Gender Based Violence in Sri Lanka and delivers a message to the public about the different roles women play, how they’re critical to every aspect of society, and how a large percentage of women have experienced violence.