Category Archives: Women and Human Rights

When Covid19 Treats Women Differently

Secretary-General of the United Nations recently stated that “Violence is not just on the battlefield. For many women and girls, it is in the places where they should be the safest – their homes.”

While it was estimated by the international community that one in three women experienced physical and sexual violence in their lifetime, and two in three women became victims of intimate partner violence (UN Women), the global pandemic Covid19 has elevated this situation for women, who endure the burden of added household chores, and sustain extreme kinds of violence behind closed doors.

Do only the non-elite face sexual harassment?

When Sri Lanka produced the first female Prime Minister in the world, the country advanced a step ahead in gender equality, and nondiscrimination of women. Yet this did not minimize the sufferings of women of the middle and lower class of the country. Discrimination, sexual violence, and domestic violence still exists among most women who lived in the rural and the outskirts of the cities. But it is not the same for the elite women of the cities.

“The environment is a fundamental requirement to enjoy the human rights”

 

It is a proud moment to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’, which was passed by the United Nations General Assembly at its third session on 10 December 1948.

It will be appropriate to see the three main magnitudes of the interrelationship or the connection between human rights and environmental protection; the environment as a precondition  for the enjoyment of human rights,  certain human rights, especially access to information, participation in decision-making, and access to justice in environmental matters, as essential to good environmental decision-making and right to a safe, healthy and ecologically-balanced environment as a human right in itself.

Education in Sri Lanka: Financial Bribes vs Sexual Bribes

‘Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.’ – UDHR Article 26:1

Sri Lanka has incorporated Article 26:1 of the UDHR into the Constitution of 1978, through its Article 12:1 & 2 ‘All persons are equal before the law and are entitled to the equal protection of the law. No citizen shall be discriminated against on the grounds of race, religion, language, caste, sex, political opinion, place of birth or any one of such grounds.’