If you’ve got a story that addresses a social issue in Sri Lanka – we want to hear from you! As a contributor for iVoice, you will inspire others in your community and bring awareness to issues relating to youth, women, the elderly, and the population at large. iVoice is always looking for new contributors to expand our community!

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Women along with men obtained universal franchise in 1931 when Sri Lanka was under British colonial rule. They took a lead role in the resistance movement and was involved in the early left movement. Since then, Sri Lankan women have had the constitutional freedom and the right to vote and…

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  Women hold placards during a demonstration to mark “International Women's Day." The campaign organized by Women's Education and Research Centre (WERC) was a call to bring an end to the rising rape, domestic violence and gender based attacks on Sri…

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17-Jun-2020 admin- Ivoice Team

Sexual Harassement at Workplace Sexual harassment at work is a new term to describe the age-old problem of unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature at workplaces. It happens to workers in the public service, in large and small enterprises, in services…

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The world is meant to be a place that offers equal status to women and men. Women and men in equal partnership and leadership in the global economy, politics, acting as fundamental elements of a just, successful and prosperous society.

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Women’s Role in Sustainable Tourism in Sri Lanka With its pristine beaches, mosaic landscape and picturesque topography, Sri Lanka has so much to offer for the eager tourists. Almost 10 years after the end of its civil war, Sri Lanka was named…

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14-Jun-2020 Prasanna Antony-Ivoice Team

The story portrays numerous issues faced by children with disabilities in Sri Lanka. This is to check whether the right to education of differently abled children are identified & addressed.    

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Differently abled people should have the ability to work on an equal basis with others. These individuals should be integrated with the society to carry out their social, interpersonal & day to day activities independently. It is pathetic that many a differently abled person gets opportunities…

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13-Mar-2020 admin- Ivoice Team

The gender lines are blurring in many occupations that were previously dominated by one sex or the other. Women in traditional jobs started to pursue careers based on interests and abilities. Shari, a young mobile storyteller trained under the Vibrant voices program initiated by SDJF, highlights many challenges faced by…

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26-Sep-2019 Shree

It's all in the Sun of her Smile, the Sparkling in her Eyes. Yeah She is Strong, Bold & Unabashed. On this Lovely Women's Day, I’ve a Rhyme on women quality... Yeah,, Persistence is the ornament She must wear, Forbearance…

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26-Sep-2019 Shree

Vilashini, Eastern University All should be treated like human beings.. It is only superstition that is prevailing in the society that enforces peculiar compulsions on Women.. People should try to erase the various myths that cause immense pain who are already deeply injured from within We are living in modern…

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Effect of Unwanted pregnancy on Social behavior of an individual. Many women in this world are intend to get pregnant. Estimated 123 million are succeeded. But, 87 million of those pregnancies are not intended. For some this is a pleasant surprise…

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Nalaka Gunawardena, a columnist and a media analyst draws insights into the importance of creating a safer workplace for employees of all genders. Now the traditional gender roles have been abandoned but even so, a smooth transition is yet to reach the workplace.…

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“The impact of media is so huge on people’s minds. It ranges from children to adults and it’s in these paces where gender norms and attitudes are reinforced” says the Executive Director of Shanthi Maargam. She further elaborated the importance of having systems…

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By: Eastern Social Development Foundation, Batticaloa Gender based violence is a crime which has serious physical, emotional and social consequences. Women and girls in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka suffer from increased vulnerability in the aftermath of war, family…

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Why is the media important to facilitate a progressive dialogue around sexual and reproductive health in Sri Lanka? The National Youth Health survey (2013) highlights that 50% of young people in Sri Lanka have limited knowledge about their sexual and reproductive health and rights.…

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A 42 years old mother of five children died with her still-born twins early 2019 at Castle Hospital and media published sensationalized reports about the incident. The mother had 14 years old son and two daughters nine and four years old.  Husband of the deceased person blamed medical negligence for the…

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As a part of the expert interview series, this week we bring the thoughts of Ms. Shyamala Gomez. Executive Director of center for Equality and Justice. She speaks on sensationalistic journalism in Sri Lanka and the blatant ignorance of crucial issues such as…

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"As a demand driven industry, media portrays gender in a rather stereotypically while causing gendered violence that often go unnoticed", says Dr. Jayathilake, a Senior Lecturer in University of Peradeniya. He believes that this vicious cycle of negative gender portrayal should be broken at…

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19-Sep-2018 Hasarel Gallage- Ivoice Team

In a society which has shrunk into a small space in the globe, thanks to ‘globalization’, the ‘media’ has assumed a broadly defined and yet a critical role, to investigate and disseminate useful information to its audience. In this backdrop it becomes timely…

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Kabilan Suntharamoorthy, a young lecturer at University of Jaffna was one of the two Sri Lankan young leaders to represent the country at the ECOSOC Youth Forum 2018.   Kabilan is a passionate volunteer and the founder of ‘Aathmaa Centre for Goodness’ – an organization…

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15-Mar-2018 Sinduri Sappanipillai- Ivoice Team

On of the objectives of the National Youth Policy 2014 is to mobilize youth to engage in national reconstruction, reconciliation and development. SDJF together with UNFPA provided the ivoice platform to empower youth participation in community development.  Here is a look back at the journey…

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13-Mar-2018 Sinduri Sappanipillai- Ivoice Team

Women all over the world have strived hard to break the gender barrier and stereotypes to become whom they are today. While we read success stories of women leaders and entrepreneurs, we often miss to see ordinary women who have also broken the shackles and come…