Recent data from the Women’s Wellbeing Survey (2019) shows that 35.3 per cent of women in Sri Lanka agree that men can have a good reason to hit their wife or partner, the UN said today.
The UN said that gender-based violence is a key factor that prevents women and girls from safely and fully participating in social and public life.
The UN said that violence against women and girls is an alarming and persistent human rights violation that has long-term and severe socio-economic, physical, mental, and sexual and reproductive health impacts on victims and survivors.
Data from the Women’s Wellbeing Survey (2019) shows that one in five ever-partnered women in the country have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime.
The UN said thst since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging reports from those on the frontlines have also shown that violence against women and girls – particularly domestic violence – has intensified, amounting to a growing shadow pandemic amidst the COVID-19 crisis.
To achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, eliminating gender-based violence is a key priority.
The UN said that to create a future that is safe for women and girls in Sri Lanka, gender-based violence prevention and response services must be declared essential, including psychosocial support and the availability and preparedness of shelters for survivors. (Colombo Gazette)