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What We Do

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EDUCATION 

We work with Health and Physical Education teachers to help them more effectively implement the existing government curriculum. In addition, we design Relationship Education components that can be used to supplement and support existing Health and Physical Education and Science curricula on sex, reproduction and prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

We conduct workshops on Cyber Exploitation and Violence (CEV); Gender Based and Intimate Partner Violence,  HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections; Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Currently our CEV workshops are conducted in schools, among out of school youth, and with community based organizations and corporate entities.

We developed an online interactive portal in Sinhala, Tamil and English – bakamoono.lk – that includes information on Relationships, Cyber Exploitation and Violence, Gender Based and Intimate Partner Violence, HIV and other issues linked with sexual and reproductive health and rights.

CARE & SUPPORT 

We support advocacy efforts around Comprehensive Sexuality and Relationship Education, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation, Gender Based and Intimate Partner Violence, HIV, Cyber Exploitation and Violence, especially in terms of policy review and reform, and the need for effective  implementation of existing legislation and policies.

We support grassroots agencies towards becoming independent; this includes grant proposal writing, organizational capacity building, identifying legal and other necessary support, including psycho-social care and support. These grassroots agencies may comprise of sex workers, people who use drugs, those of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity, and people living with HIV.

THEATRE

We also use theatre. Our V Day (Writings to End Violence Against Women and Girls) productions since 2012 have showcased real stories from Sri Lanka that we encounter in the course of our work.

In 2016 V Day වලාකුළෙන් மேகத்திலிருந்து From The Cloud, which opened at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival dealt with issues around cyber exploitation and violence; in 2017, V Day: Resolutions looked at solutions offered by society for rape, which included the legalization/regulation of sex work, and making women and girls chiefly responsible for preventing rape and violence – the patriarchal cure; and V Day 2018: Viral Times, will look to challenge the status quo of the HIV industry in Sri Lanka.

MUGS & POSTCARDS

Grassrooted also sell mugs and Postcards, currently available at Barefoot, to support our work with vulnerable communities. These mugs and postcards will soon be available at more selected stores in Colombo and Galle.

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  • Leena Pencek said:

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