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[22 Mar 2017 | No Comment | Posted by ]

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 ]

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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[10 Jan 2017 | No Comment | Posted by ]

Ten days into 2017… the story around the “mass molestation” at New Year celebrations in Bangalore still reverberating, including disturbing video footage, we wonder at what went into nurturing their sense of entitlement i.e. I am a man, and I have the right to touch, squeeze, grope, grab, pinch, poke, paw, pet, fondle, rub, rub up against, rub myself… or just hit on the head and drag her off like our ancestors of old, or …