At least one out of every three women worldwide has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Violence is a major cause of death and disability for women aged 15 to 44. Violence against women is a means of exerting and maintaining gendered power relations and is inherently linked to the inequality between women and men.
WUSC addresses this human rights violation, which devastates lives, fractures communities, and stalls development. We aim to prevent, reduce, and ultimately eliminate gendered violence against women by:
- mobilizing communities (youth, religious and local leaders, local government officers) to use innovative strategies for raising awareness about, and to prevent, gender-based violence in Sri Lanka;
- supporting efforts of service providers and non-traditional women’s organizations, including media (TV, radio, cell phone company) to address the impacts of gender-based violence in Sri Lanka;