The 25th of November marked the start of the 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV) campaign where individuals and groups around the world call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women.
Evidence suggests that gender-based violence is widely prevalent in Sri Lanka. Women and adolescent girls are shown to have the highest risk of experiencing GBV, for instance, 1 out of 4 females experiencing sexual abuse by the time they reach 18 years. The city of Anuradhapura has some of the highest reported cases of violence and abuse towards women and children and while statistics topped the list in 2013, it has reduced this year to be second in the list of most number of violence and abuse reported.
To initiate the 16 days campaign in Sri Lanka the ACT theatre Group performed a drama on the theme of Volunteerism and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Medawachchiya, Anuradhapura on the 25th of November in an effort to sensitize the community, particularly men and boys to have zero tolerance towards GBV.
UNFPA as chair of the National Forum against GBV has been a leading advocate to support advocacy, leadership, and empowerment on emerging GBV issues.