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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 …

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[9 Sep 2016 | No Comment | Posted by ]
What is Pleasure – bakamoono.lk

“Sexual pleasure, like sex, is difficult to define. It can involve orgasm, but does not have to; and it is influenced by an unlimited range of factors. In many cultures, satisfying sexual activity is defined in relation to what gives men pleasure (Marcus, 1993; Gordon and Lewis, 2005), and there has been disproportionate focus on the idea that ‘sexual pleasure equals orgasm’. Overall, the public health sector has dealt with the concept of sex – …

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[21 Jul 2016 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Menstruation – cultural beliefs and practices

In February 2016, YAMU published The Tampon Traversty: 6 Intriguing Issues About Menstruation. The article underpins how Sri Lankans view menstruation. It seeks to debunk troubling and archaic perceptions of menstruation, and also discusses the limited access to Tampons, which now appear to be no longer available in Sri Lanka (July 2016). Bakamoono will discuss some of the issues raised by YAMU and also the reactions of parents, teachers, students, young people and adults in Sri Lanka, to discussions around menstruation …

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[23 May 2016 | No Comment | Posted by ]
ලිංගිකත්වය – අපි කොතැනද?

භූමි හෙර්න්ද්‍රන් විසිනි.
මැයි මස 17 වන දිනට දී තිබුණු ජ්‍යාත්‍යන්තර සමසෙනෙහස් භීතිකාව හා සංක්‍රාන්ති ලිංගික භීතිකාවට එරෙහි දිනය මුල්කරගෙන මෙම ලිපිය ලිවීමට සිතුවෙමි. සමසෙනෙහස් ප්‍රජාව හා සංක්‍රාන්ති සමාජභාවී පුද්ගලයන්ට සිදුවන හිංසනයන් හා වෙනස්කොට සැලකීම් නිසා ලොව පුරා  ඇති වූ විවිධ කතිකාවන්ගේ ප්‍රතිපලයක් වශයෙන් මෙම දිනය නම් කර ඇත. සෑම වසරකම  මේ වෙනුවෙන් ලොව පුරා මෙන්ම ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේද යම් යම් වැඩ සටහන් ක්‍රියාත්මක වන අතර මෙවර ලොව සමානාත්මතාවය හා වෙනස්කොට සැලකීමට එරෙහිව කටයුතු කරන ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ …

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[23 Mar 2016 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Giving up Sinhala identity and proudly embracing Ponnayā as a self-identity

What does it mean exactly to give up an ethnic identity? Is it possible to erase one’s ethnic identity? Though, it may not be possible to erase one’s ethnic roots, giving up identity could be usually a political decision and a political statement. Furthermore one does not have a singular identity, but multiple identities, all of which are socially constructed. It is easier to define ourselves within frameworks of these existing identities; especially within identities …