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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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[17 Feb 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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[18 Mar 2016 | No Comment | Posted by ]
V Day 2016: Tenderness

V Day 2016: Tenderness is based on interviews and discussions with people from around Sri Lanka on gender based and intimate partner violence. This year’s collection of performance pieces are stories that people hardly discuss, because sometimes it’s just too difficult to tell anyone. Who would believe them? But if we listen, people always find a way to tell those stories. To feel the catharsis of the narrative, where in the retelling of the story …

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[9 Mar 2016 | No Comment | Posted by ]
An Open Letter to The Honourable Minister of Education

9th March 2016
Sir,
This letter comes to you from Positive Hopes Alliance; an organization comprising of people living with HIV, The National Union of Sea Farers in Sri Lanka; a union that works tirelessly to prevent HIV among the seafaring community of this country, The Youth Advocacy Network Sri Lanka; young people that advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights, and The Grassrooted Trust that works on Comprehensive Sexuality and Relationship Education and HIV prevention, …

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[8 Mar 2016 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Statement by the National Child Protection Authority and the Human Right’s Commission on the Kuliyapitiya Debacle

NCPA/IMU/NEWS/2016/05(S)
NEWS RELEASE
The Human Rights Commission and National Child Protection Authority have considered the right to education of the 5 year old child who has applied for admission to the Sambodhi Primary School at Ilukhena in Kuliyapitiya and urgently call the attention of relevant authorities and members of the general public to the following matters:

It is the clear duty of the Government to recognize the right to education of the 5 year old child who applied …

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[26 Jan 2016 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Urgent Need for Comprehensive Age-Appropriate Relationship Education – Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education, are you listening?

26th January 2016
On the 21st of January 2016 the Daily News published ‘Wariyapola Hit by HIV’ – a news report outlining that “The Kurunegala district has the second largest number of HIV infected cases among all districts in the country and of them, the majority has been reported from Wariyapola.” The article was apparently the result of an Awareness Programme conducted by consultant Aruna Shantha Ratnamalala of the Wariyapola MOH Office at the Minuwangoda Bodhirukkarama …

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[6 Nov 2015 | No Comment | Posted by ]
V Day වලාකුළෙන්  மேகத்திலிருந்து

Have you ever shared a naked picture?
Do we do that in Sri Lanka?
Must be only in Colombo, no?
Join Grassrooted as we perform V Day – වලාකුළෙන්  மேகத்திலிருந்து, (From The Cloud) where we explore the motivations and angst around cyber exploitation and violence. Listen to parents, educators, perpetrators and victims, and also those on the outside looking in who are trying to make sense of this phenomena that our young people, and some not so young, …