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Sakuni is 36-year-old transgender woman and activist from Sri Lanka, a country that experiences severe flooding almost every year. Trans people are often unable to access humanitarian aid in emergencies due to discrimination, which is a problem Sakuni is keen to help tackle.
IWD (8 March 2019) is a time to celebrate the achievements of fearless women globally. We’re honored to highlight the passion and commitment of doctors, nurses, peer educators, activists and volunteers who dedicate their efforts to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights.
In Sri Lanka abortion is severely restricted, meaning that rates of unsafe abortion are high. We spoke with the Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka's advocacy director to find out how they are working to change that.
Dayani was assaulted and made pregnant by her boyfriend in Sri Lanka, where access to abortion is extremely restricted. IPPF and its members are working to ensure no one goes through a horrifying ordeal like this again.
Flash floods in Sri Lanka in May 2017 triggered landslides that left many people homeless. Chathurika, a youth volunteer for a family planning association, took part in the crisis response by helping out at a health camp.
Sex can be a very taboo subject, this is why we provide culturally sensitive workshops for parents to enable them to talk to their children about sex and sexuality.
Providing gender based violence training to families enables them to openly talk about issues that can help provide a safer environment for themselves and their children.
Just one day after the floods, the local clinic re-opened to ensure the displaced communities sexual reproductive and health needs were met.
Sudemala and her family were forced to leave all their possessions behind once the flash floods reached her home.
Flash flood in Sri Lanka affected over half a million people and natural disasters like this disproportionately affect women and girls who are at a greater risk of sexual violence.