The median age at first marriage has declined from around 25 years to 23.3 years while the Total Fertility Rate has increased from 2.1 to 2.13.
Sri Lanka’s Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) stands at 32.5 for every 100,000 live births as recorded by the Family Health Bureau (FHB).
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Some of the factors that may be contributing to this situation are the increase in the numbers of the suspended sentences given to perpetrators of violence against women and, the overly long periods of time taken to hear and conclude such cases.
In addition, reports indicate that persons accused of such crimes are repeatedly able to obtain bail, thereby giving rise to concerns about granting of bail for such crimes in the first the parents go to work leaving the child alone in the house making them vulnerable to outsiders or in other cases the parents migrate overseas leaving the child at the mercy of fathers, stepfathers and uncles who take advantageparents are to blame for such incidents.
In a situation where sexual harassment and violence is on the rise, we need to encourage the staff to build their capacity to be empathetic when handling these victims.” The event was also followed by the launch of the country profile on Universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Some of its highlights are as follows: According to the country profile on universal access to sexual and reproductive rights in Sri Lanka, these services have to be prioritized mainly around maternal and child health and family planning.
These include gang rape and sale of young girls for sexual abuse.