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[6 Oct 2017 | No Comment | Posted by ]
BLIP @ 6

So our wonderful Blip turned 6!!! He is well and truly a BOY now!!! No ‘baby’ signs at all remaining for us to cling on to a time where there were no questions or challenges, just complete and utter devotion, acceptance and dependency.
Since my last update when he was 3 ½ years old (cos that’s how long it took for me to get here again!), he has changed in leaps and bounds – finally in dadda’s …

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[3 Oct 2017 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Let Women Decide: Some Feminist Perspectives on the ‘Abortion Debate’

Sunday, 1st October, 2017
By Subha Wijesiriwardena
At this moment in Sri Lanka, ‘the abortion debate’ has sprung up once again; with the cabinet purportedly attempting to pass a bill which would legalize abortions for women under two circumstances[1] – if the woman is a victim of rape or if the foetus is detected to have ‘Lethal Congenital Malformation’. The Sri Lankan Penal Code of 1883 (yes, that’s right, that’s the year our criminal law is from: 1883) criminalizes …

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[16 Aug 2017 | No Comment | Posted by ]
A Perspective on Male Sexual Entitlement

‘Surely it’s a lady behind the wheel!’ is a phrase I’ve heard being used many times to describe rather discordant drivers on the road. Is it because women are generally reckless drivers or that men are always proper in their driving? The accident rate in the country and the stories behind them may actually say otherwise. Nonetheless it’s always the women that get the blame for problematic driving. This got me thinking, is it because …

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[16 Aug 2017 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Owning Our Shadow

By Sajeeva Samaranayake

Is there a deeper problem at the heart of this society apart from its Government (according to some) and western conspiracies (according to others)? If there is a deeper set of causes will we ever identify them as a society? In this spirit I am content to offer my diagnosis without delivering a prescription in the same breath.
What is nation building?
Nation building is to build a common space which all citizens can call …

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[18 May 2017 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Internet Governance Forum 2017: A Statement from The Grassrooted Trust

18th May 2017
Recommendations following the Cyber Security and Safer Internet panel at the Internet Governance Forum 2017, hosted by the Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter on 18th May 2017
The Grassrooted Trust has been part of the National Task Force on Cyber Exploitation, set up by the National Child Protection Authority in June 2015. This task force included the Solicitor General and SL CERT. Over the past two years Grassrooted has recorded case studies and helped …

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[25 Apr 2017 | No Comment | Posted by ]
800 Odd Criminals: A Reflection

25th April, 2017.
By Sharanya Sekaram
A few weeks ago – bakamoono.lk released a report entitled ‘800 Odd Criminals: Watching Porn in Sri Lanka’. This report displayed the results from a survey they conducted that asked over 800 people how they view porn online. The report is titled regarding the fact that despite Sri Lanka topping the world in the number of Google searches for ‘sex’ with regularity –  as per the law “Every single person who …

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[22 Mar 2017 | No Comment | Posted by ]
V Day 2017 Resolutions :   How do we prevent rape and abuse?

In 2011 The Grassrooted Trust began presenting ‘V Day – Writings to End Violence against Women and Girls’. From 2012, the organization has written and produced original scripts in English, Sinhala and Tamil, based on their interactions with survivors of violence and abuse. Last year, V Day – From The Cloud which dealt with cyber exploitation and violence was performed in Colombo as well as at the Kandy and Galle Literary Festivals. V Day 2016 …

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[27 Jan 2017 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Investigating Sri Lanka’s ‘nude’ culture

27th January 2017
Learning from schoolgirls and boys about blackmail, ‘nudes’ and cyber exploitation in Sri Lanka.

This article is based on discussions around cyber exploitation with students, parents and teachers in rural and urban Sri Lanka, grappling with the motivations for sharing naked pictures and videos.

What makes a young girl stand naked in front of her mirror, point her smartphone at it, and take a picture?  What makes a young man, who receives this picture, share …

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[8 Dec 2016 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Sri Lanka to regain NO.1 world rank googling SEX

8th December 2016, Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka
Sri Lankans were world champions from 2011 to 2014 googling sex. The latest google trends show that if we have a strong December, we can regain our title, provided our stronghold of Homagama, that currently tops the global charts, continues to produce sex googling champions.

Globally, we head a mainly South Asian pack, with Ethiopia being the one exception. The absence of comprehensive sex education in these regions could be …

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[26 Oct 2016 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Celistinahami 2.0(16)

12th October, 2016, Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka
A couple Sundays ago The Sunday Leader published an article titled “In the Footsteps of a Sex Worker” that reflected the many prejudices we, as a society, grapple with whenever we discuss sex work. As the reactions on social media showed, many were offended by the article, and the online version was subsequently removed. The article did however raise the question of choice – Does one choose to be …