Understanding Sri Lankan women’s experiences of Gender Based Violence (GBV): opportunities, barriers, and future directions


Resource persons

Understanding GBV: the early  years and setting the agenda

  • Pia Axemo, Uppsala University, Sweden


The current affairs and contemporary issues

  • The health sector response to addressing GBV: Nethanjali Mapitigama, Ministry of Health
  • GBV experiences in diverse communities: Dr. Ishra Nazeer, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
  • University ragging as a form of GBV: Ayanthi Wickramasinghe, Uppsala University Sweden
  • Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Sri Lanka, the UN responses UNFPA, Sri Lanka


GBV: new perspectives and future directions

  • Nationally-representative GBV data: Ruvani Fonseka, University of California, United States
  • Migration and Sri Lankan women’s vulnerabilities to GBV: Prof. Sepali Guruge; Dr. Vathsala Illesinghe, Ryerson University, Canada


Date: February 12, 2020

Time: 9.00 am to 12 noon

Venue: Main Hall, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo

Potential Audience: Academics, scholars, practitioners, and students interested in and or seeking a broader and deeper understanding of gender-based violence and it’s intersections with other health and social issues. Participants are invited to bring their own ideas, experiences, projects, and papers for a discussion facilitated by an interdisciplinary panel with diverse research and practice experiences in the fields of public health, nursing, obstetrics and gynecology, social work, and public policy.

An international panel of practitioners, academics, policy makers, and scholars from Sri Lanka, Sweden, United States, and Canada will explore the conceptualizations, theoretical frameworks, and approaches to researching and addressing GBV in Sri Lanka and for Sri Lankan women living abroad. Participants will discuss new perspectives, directions, and prospects for future research, practices, and policies related to addressing gender based violence in Sri Lanka and beyond.


Prior registration is mandatory for this workshop limited to 60 attendees.

Please note that pre- registration is required for the workshop. Registration cost of Rs. 1000/- includes refreshments, workshop materials, and a certificate of attendance. The first 30 registrations will be subsided to Rs.500/-  by the organizers.

Registration fee could be paid online or at the registration desk.

Registration for the Colombo Medical Congress is not required to attend this workshop.

Proceedings from the workshop will be donated to the COMSAA.