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Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala

First Sri Lankan to Summit Everest & Women's Rights Activist
Sri Lanka

Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala is a women’s rights and LGBT rights activist with 18 years of experience in the field of women's rights and gender equality. She holds a Master’s Degree in Gender Studies from the University of Sussex in UK, and a post graduate diploma in Women’s Studies from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. In 2016, she became the first Sri Lankan, and first Sri Lankan woman to summit Mount Everest. In recognition of this achievement, from 2016-2019 she was appointed the Goodwill Ambassador for Women's Rights by the Ministry of Women's Affairs in Sri Lanka. In 2017, she was also included in the BBC’s list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world. As an independent consultant, she is currently a Co-Creator of ‘Delete Nothing’ – an online platform aimed at addressing online gender based violence in Sri Lanka. In a voluntary and independent capacity, she is also the Chairperson of the Sexual Harassment Complaints Committee of the Sri Lanka National Olympic Committee. For more details, see her profile on LinkedIn and check out this brief video featuring her.

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