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BCIS International Affairs Review : “Beyond Recognizing Gender Rights in the 21st Century”

The Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) published a special issue of its quarterly e-review Volume 2, Issue 5, titled “BCIS International Affairs Review,” on August 12, 2023. It was disseminated to an audience of international relations enthusiasts, academics, and professionals.

This special issue of the BCIS International Affairs Review brings together a series of articles, a film review, a video interview, and an infographic on the theme “Beyond Recognizing Gender Rights in the 21st Century”.

The content of this timely issue highlights the challenges related to achieving gender and sexual rights at global, regional, and local levels. The content speaks to the importance of incorporating rights-based approaches against systems and structures that discriminate and oppress persons based on gender and sexuality, leading to an equal and just future.

The e-review features a video interview with a prominent academic, Professor Pabasari Ginige, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya on rights and recognition of the transgender community in Sri Lanka. The articles and content featured in the “BCIS International Affairs Review” are the contributions of the BCIS staff members and guest contributors. Some of the contents are as follows:

• Activism Beyond Borders: Taiwan’s Influence on Japan’s Same-Sex Marriage Campaign

by Shayani Jayasinghe, Research Officer, BCIS

• Access to Welfare and Social Security during Covid-19: Experiences of Transgender Persons in South Asia

by Nelum Uttamadasa, Assistant Registrar, BCIS

• Access to Healthcare for LGBTQ Individuals: Sweden and Sri Lanka

by Maheshi Jayawardane, Research Officer, BCIS

• International Overview: Sexual and Gender-based Violence in the Context of War and Displacement

• Gender-Targeted Funding for Election Campaigning in the Global Context: Lessons for Sri Lanka

by Isuri W. Siriwardhana, Research Associate, BCIS

•Documentary on Rights and Recognition of the Transgender Community in Sri Lanka

•The Drive for Agency of Formerly Indentured Women : Sri Lanka and Fiji

by Chamika Wijesuriya, Non-resident Researcher, BCIS Film Review: “Ingirunthu” (Here and Now)

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