Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala

February 18, 2020
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Co-Creator & Advisor, Delete Nothing 

Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala is a feminist and women’s rights activist with over two decades of experience, and a rock climber / mountaineer for nearly as long. She has worked at national, regional, and global levels as a technical advisor, advocate, trainer, researcher, and programme manager on issues relating to gender, gender-based violence, sexuality, masculinities, women’s human rights, and more recently, women in sports. In 2016, Jayanthi became the first Sri Lankan to summit Mount Everest, and in recognition of this achievement, was appointed the Goodwill Ambassador for Women’s Rights from 2016-2019 by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in Sri Lanka. Since 2016, she has been a consultant to the Dialogue Advisory Group, an Amsterdam-based foundation that facilitates political dialogue to reduce violent conflict. She is currently the Chairperson of the Sexual Harassment Complaints Committee of the Sri Lanka National Olympic Committee, Chairperson of the Board of the Women and Media Collective in Sri Lanka, a board member of the Women’s Resource Centre in Sri Lanka, and trustee of UK based charity – the Women of the World Foundation. Jayanthi holds an MA in Gender Studies from the University of Sussex, UK and a post-graduate diploma in Women’s Studies from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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