As a continuation of CGSUK’s mission in educating the university community, Dr.Anuruddhi Edirisinghe – Head, Department of Forensic Medicine conducted a special lecture on “Sexual Rights and Consent for Sexual Activity” on 18th June 2013 at 2.00 pm at K2 003. The event was compeered by Dr.Anusha Edirisinghe of the Department of Sociology.  Members of the CGSUK and many student volunteers were present at the occasion.



Prof.Asoka de Zoysa of Department of Modern Languages shared his latest research findings with the Centre for Gender Studies on 04th April 2013 at 3.00 pm at the Faculty Board Room, Faculty of Humanities. His presentation titled “” is based on his research which included a study of women’s upper garments as represented in temple mural paintings. During the presentation, Prof.Zoysa brought forth some interesting facts regarding the evolution of the jacket worn by women and the hybridization of the Sri Lankan and western garments. Several members of CGSUK and a number of interested academics were present at the event.



During the Student Orientation Programme for the first year students, a one-hour introductory session of the Centre for Gender Studies was conducted on 25th March 2013 at 9.00 a.m. at Sri Dharmaloka Convocation Hall. Prof. Maithree Wickramasinghe- Director of the Centre for Gender Studies conducted a half an hour introductory session in Sinhalese and in English, while Mr. Anton Pushparaj interpreted the session in Tamil.

The second half of the hour was conducted by Dr. Anuruddhi Edirisinghe – Head, Department of Forensic Medicine. In her presentation named “Your Body, Your Right”, she shared some of her experiences as a judicial medical officer and gave the students a basic idea about their sexual rights, which sparked a lively interest among students.


Dr. E. A. D. A. Edirisinghe gave a lecture on the 28th of November 2012 at 1.00 pm at the Faculty of Humanities Boardroom.

Dr. E.A.D.A. Edirisinghe has been working as a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology in the University of Kelaniya since 2011. In 2000 she graduated from the University of Sri Jayewardenapura with a Degree in Sociology, Criminology and Criminal Justice. Since then she has worked as a lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and also as a public relations officer in the Police Department of Sri Lanka.

She is the recipient of two scholarships, one for her M.A. (2007) and the other for her PhD  (2012), from the Department of Women’s Studies, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Uppsala University in Sweden. Her research interests are in the field of Women’s Studies & Criminological Studies; and include books and research papers on domestic violence against women, sexual crime against women, violence against women at the workplace, widowhood and war widows, gender and female prisoners in prison, and the rehabilitation of offenders.

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Rev. Dhammadinna gave a lecture on Gender Equity / Equality in Buddhism on 29th of March 2012.

Ven Dr. N. Dhammadinna is a Senior Lecturer in Chinese at the Deparment of Modern Languages, University of Kelaniya. He read of his PhD at the East China Normal University in Shanghai, China and has, to his credit, a number of publications on China Studies.