- Age: 29
- Sri Lanka
Dakshitha Wickremarathne is passionate about designing youth-friendly learning tools to create access to accurate information on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for youth.
Dakshitha was born and raised in Sri Lanka. He received a master’s degree in Development Studies from the University of Colombo, received a bachelor’s degree in Social Work, and completed a postgraduate program in Global Affairs. As a Director, Programmes for the Youth Advocacy Network, he is responsible for overlooking the programs and projects of the organization and strategic development of the organizational activities.
Since becoming a Young Leader, Dakshitha is proud he launched a sign language glossary on SRHR to address the communication gap faced by people living with hearing disabilities to communicate about their SRHR. He also started the Youth Advocacy Network Sri Lanka, the only youth-led organization in Sri Lanka working on SRHR with a particular focus on adolescents and youth. Additionally, Dakshitha was selected as the young member of the Independent Accountability Panel and contributed to the publication and launch of three reports. As an advocate, he contributed to the publication of a Lancet commission on adolescent health and wellbeing and was appointed a Women Deliver Board Member.
To him, “meaningful youth engagement” means young people taking actions to better shape policies for themselves and their societies.
In his free time, Dakshitha enjoys traveling, martial arts, watching European movies, and spending time with his family and in-laws.