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2013/2014

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THEATRE PRODUCTIONS ON VIOLENCE & HIV

After the success of V Day 2011: A Memory, A Monologue a Rant and a Prayer, Writings to End Violence Against Women and Girls compiled by Eve Ensler, Grassrooted began writing our own ,material and V Day 2012 featured performances in English, Sinhala and Tamil based on diverse experiences of people we work with and for in Sri Lanka. In 2013 our main production was ‘Daddy: A Mad Incestuous Dance‘ a trilingual play that featured father-daughter relationships from different cultural perspectives.  This kind of fusion theatre had rarely been attempted in the mainstream before, and in 2014 we built on this with V Day 2014: The Elephant in the Room, a series of performance pieces on the diverse perspectives of sex work. Both V Day 2012 & 2014 received positive reviews.

ACCURATE AND COMPREHENSIVE AGE APPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION

In partnership with the Class of ’94, Grassrooted has helped the school administration of S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia develop a programme that makes sense at STC. This included working with parents and teachers to ensure that all stakeholders are on the same page. This programme has the potential to be replicated in other CMS schools, and will be an opportunity to gather country-specific evidence on the efficacy of accurate and comprehensive age appropriate relationship education. In 2014, after two years of development, we implemented the pilot which was further reviewed before full implementation in 2015 by the school.

ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY FOR PEOPLE ON THE MARGINS (ESPM)

In 2012 and 2013 Grassrooted began to raise funds for improving skills and business opportunities for the marginalized through our Shear Madness initiative. Our primary focus was women and girls which included those living with HIV, women and girls in sex work, women and girls who have survived violence, and of course those who use drugs. The Margie’s Kitchen initiative also offered employment opportunities for people from our target communities. ESPM  was predicated upon the need for economic independence, yet we didn’t account sufficiently for their reluctance to be employed, and the challenge of overcoming the hand-out culture to which they had become so accustomed.

COMPREHENSIVE SEXUAL HEALTH SURVEY

Grassrooted in partnership with the HIV Prevention Lab at Ryerson University in Canada, conducted The You Study – a comprehensive sexual health survey for young people (aged between 18 – 24) in all administrative districts of Sri Lanka to ascertain knowledge, attitudes, behavior and practice of young people in Sri Lanka.




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