2016

Dakshitha Wickremarathne

Dakshitha is a social worker passionate about women’s economic empowerment, accountability of health systems, policy formulation and implementation, and capacity building on advocacy. Currently, he is working on building advocacy strategies in the Asia region on dignified work, humanitarian assistance, and preventing GBV. He is a youth representative on the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Well Being and serves as an Adviser to UN Women’s Global Civil Society Advisory Group. He has worked as a Regional Master Trainer for Y-PEER International, the Secretary of the Youth Technical Committee of Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka, and a volunteer for the South Asian Regional Youth Network of IPPF South Asia. Dakshitha has a special focus on building innovative initiatives for marginalized young people – especially young women and youth with hearing disabilities – while building partnerships with government institutions and faith-based organizations. Dakshitha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a post-graduate diploma in Diplomacy and Global Affairs. He has a Master’s in Development Studies. He has won a gold medal for the Best Student Performance in Bachelors, along with other scholarships. In the past, he was the assistant director at the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation.

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