UNFPA is currently working with government officials to raise awareness of these matters, and to spread word about a hotline women can call to report abuses.
They are also working towards gathering more data on gender discrimination and violence, in order to inform policies that better uphold the rights of women.
Information was gathered through interviews, questionnaires and focus groups.Every administrative district in all of Sri Lanka’s nine provinces was represented.There is evidence that harassment and the threat of harassment are limiting women’s mobility, participation in public life and overall well-being.A quarter of survey participants said harassment occurred monthly. In some cases, women reported it was so frequent, and alternative modes of travel so scarce, that they moved residence to escape.UNFPA Humanitarian Action Overview 2016 Today more than 75% of people affected by humanitarian crises are women and children.
And adolescents aged 10-19 years constitute a significant proportion of the population in many conflict and post-conflict settings...“Bus conductors also unnecessarily touch small children when getting on to the bus.” The study also shines a light on the far-reaching effects this harassment has on the lives of women and girls, from their educations and livelihoods to their place of residence and personal relationships.Initiated in 2015, the study included 2,500 individuals between the ages of 15 and 35.Forty-four per cent of women said that harassment on public transport affected their personal lives.Twenty-nine per cent said it had an impact on their school performance, and 37 per cent said it negatively affected their work performance.UNITED NATIONS, New York/COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Ninety per cent of women in Sri Lanka have endured sexual harassment while taking public transport, a new study commissioned by UNFPA has found.