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[24 Apr 2014 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Today’s Papers

Contentious casinos, “militant” Buddhism, bank robberies, daughters murdered, young girls forced into sex work… What conclusion could someone reading the paper today arrive at? What would those in our past say? And what would our children think we allowed for? How would they be affected in the coming decades?
 

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[19 Apr 2014 | No Comment | Posted by ]
V Day 2014 – The Elephant in the Room

 This year Grassrooted’s V Day production focuses on a section of women and girls in Sri Lanka, and the physical and emotional violence they face. The original scripts are based on our work with them. Violence faced by women and girls is ignored in most countries and we’re no different. Those who survive violence are often re-victimized by those they reach out to, and we’re not talking just about law enforcement. We’re quick to judge …

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[27 Mar 2014 | No Comment | Posted by ]
The Bitter Truth

This week I was stunned to find out that over the past year 5 female tourists had been  sexually assaulted by a local bar owner and his staff in Tangalle, Southern Sri Lanka, but no arrests had been made related to the attacks. Far worse is that the women had been reduced to writing out their horrific ordeals in detail on a popular travellers’ website to seek justice and warn others, “Please tell me where …

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[24 Mar 2014 | No Comment | Posted by ]
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty second’s worth of distance run
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!
(Extract from ‘IF’ – Rudyard Kipling)
 So the inter school cricket season has kicked off in Colombo. It is a month long series of school (grudge) matches always played between the same boys’ schools each year with the oldest match known best as “The Big …