About Us

United to end Gender Based Violence




Who we are

The National Forum against Gender-Based Violence (Forum against GBV, also known as the GBV Forum) Sri Lanka was set up in 2005 following a consultation with selected agencies working on gender–based violence (GBV) in order to facilitate greater coordination, sharing of information/ resources and to strengthen multi-sectoral responses to GBV during the aftermath of the Tsunami.

At present, the National Forum against GBV is a collective of over 50 agencies comprising of the Government, United Nations, national and international non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations and individual experts in the field.

With the leadership of UNFPA as the Chair of the Forum, the Forum is now the national level platform for coordinated advocacy and collective actions against GBV in Sri Lanka.

Guiding Principles


As the lead UN agency addressing issues related to gender-based violence (GBV) in Sri Lanka, UNFPA is delighted to play a role as the chair of the National Forum Against Gender-based Violence since its inception in 2005. Achieving gender equality is a cross cutting priority affecting all other development issues in the world, as is reflected in the 5th Sustainable Development Goal: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.”

A study conducted by UNFPA in 2015 reveals that 90% of women using public transport experience sexual harassment of some form in Sri Lanka. This study brings to the light just one aspect of GBV among many others which are yet to be uncovered. Here at the Forum, numerous organizations, parties, individuals and networks come together to share knowledge and realize greater and wider impact through collective advocacy and action against GBV in the country.

Let us continue “to be the change (we) want to see” through united and coordinated action towards eliminating GBV in Sri Lanka. I hope that this website will serve as a great source of information and inspiration to all of you who have interest in and commitment to eliminating GBV from Sri Lanka.

Thank you.

Ritsu Nacken
Co-Chair, National Forum Against GBV
Representative, UNFPA


Increased Demand and Engagement for Accountability (IDEA) considers gender based violence a serious problem and addressing it a national priority in Sri Lanka. Hence, delighted to be a part of and contribute towards solutions as the co-chair of this forum.

IDEA currently supports civil society organisations (CSOs) in different parts of the country. Some of them are working collaboratively with government authorities and other stakeholders to support survivors and address violence through divisional SGBV forums. A number of these civil society organisations are providing psychosocial and legal counselling as well as emergency assistance to women affected by violence. IDEA also works with labour unions and women's organisations advocating for the speedy ratification of ILO convention on harassment in the world of work (C-190). Support for CSOs also include research on technology assisted gender based violence and advocacy on related law and policy reforms.

A change for better in addressing GBV requires sustained and collective effort. Hoping to harness the immense potential of every member in the forum towards this goal, while always striving to walk the talk.

Gowthaman Balachandran
Co-Chair, National Forum Against GBV
Chief of Party, IDEA/MSI