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[24 Sep 2015 | No Comment | Posted by ]
In the meantime, be outraged.

By Uda Deshapriya
Rape is an intrusion. Your body, your home, gets intruded while you just scream in your head.  When it’s over, it makes you want to have a shower as soon as possible, wear ankle length pajamas, curl up under the blanket and sleep. It is not pleasant. It makes you very angry. It happens to all of us. Men, women and children. The mothers, brothers, law students and the people you can’t believe …

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[6 May 2015 | No Comment | Posted by ]
V Day 2015: Our Stories – Reviews

The overall response from those who witnessed V Day this year was that it was even better than last year. Stronger performances, improved writing, and overall bums on seats that both moved and didn’t move depending on the mood. We sold well over 300 tickets this year, in addition to those we gave away to partners and invitees. And while not everyone managed to stomach what was on offer, the freedom that comes with a Censor Board …

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[19 Mar 2015 | No Comment | Posted by ]
V Day 2015: Our Stories – Always Real. Always Closer Than You Think.

This year too, our V Day production promises to push the boundaries and bring the violence and humiliation we face as women and girls right to your doorstep. The Colombo production on 31st March 2015 @ Barefoot Cafe will be predominantly in English, interspersed with Sinhala and Tamil performances by some of Colombo’s leading actors on stage. In August Grassrooted for the first time takes V Day on the road to Kandy, and then later …

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[30 Sep 2014 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Support Suramya – Shear Madness Says Goodbye

Shear Madness began in December 2013 with a discussion at Grassrooted about how far people would go to raise funds.
We remembered four young Scots in Pune who chose to go bald to raise funds for people living with HIV and awareness about the issues they face in India. Shortly after, inspired by the bravery of the Scottish girls, a group of twenty female students at Mahindra International College, near Pune, decided to similarly sacrifice their hair …

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[17 Sep 2014 | No Comment | Posted by ]
V Day 2015: Our Stories

‘V Day 2015: Our Stories’ builds on the successes and experience of The Grassrooted Trust who have been performing V Day: Writings to End Violence Against Women since 2011 in Sri Lanka.
In 2015 The Grassrooted Trust together with Uber Minds is putting together a wider partnership of agencies working with survivors of violence, the arts and media to  bring us stories from across Sri Lanka in all three languages (Tamil, Sinhala & English) with the purpose …

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[30 Jul 2014 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Perspectives from the Community of People who Use Drugs – Closing Session Speech at AIDS 2014

E. Ross Albers
Closing session speech at AIDS 2014
AEST, Friday 25 July, 2014
Ironically for a talk at an AIDS conference I want to start off quite far from HIV, which is in my view not the real issue that binds the key affected populations together. HIV is a symptom and not necessarily the cause of what really brings us, as people who inject drugs, together with sex workers, gay men and other men who have sex …

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[18 Jul 2014 | No Comment | Posted by ]
An end to the AIDS epidemic is possible, but only with better access to HIV testing and treatment, say IFRC and GNP+

Cape Town/Geneva/Melbourne, 18 July 2014: Access to testing, counselling, treatment and care, as well as a lack of knowledge of one’s HIV status are the biggest barriers to accessing life-saving treatment and care, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) highlighted today, in the lead-up to the 20th International AIDS Conference starting on Sunday in Melbourne.
Globally, an estimated 35.3 million people …

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[27 Jun 2014 | No Comment | Posted by ]
United Nations’ ‘Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking’ is for us Global Day for the Human Rights of People who Use Drugs

(London, 26 June 2014) According to the United Nations, the 26th June is ‘International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking’. For communities of people who use drugs, it is a day to reflect on the heavy toll that the war on drugs has had on our health and the full realization of our human rights.
Perhaps the greatest health threat posed by the war on drugs and by the systemic criminalization, exclusion and marginalization of …

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[23 May 2014 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Life, without love…paintings by Nihal Senarathna

Photo credit: Satya Bashi
“Life without love” is an emotional journey in search of love, wherever it is in daylight or in darkness. The paintings talk about violence, loneliness, lust, limitations and  hope in human relationships.
Working as a counsellor and listening to the pain and disappointments of people has fueled his creativity.

An insatiable curiosity and interest for emotions, imagination and the scars left on souls have always been an inspiration to my work,  Nihal says.
Exhibition is on display …

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[9 Jan 2013 | No Comment | Posted by ]
I Was Wounded; My Honour Wasn’t – By Sohaila Abdulali

Published: January 7, 2013
THIRTY-TWO years ago, when I was 17 and living in Bombay, I was gang raped and nearly killed. Three years later, outraged at the silence and misconceptions around rape, I wrote a fiery essay under my own name describing my experience for an Indian women’s magazine. It created a stir in the women’s movement — and in my family — and then it quietly disappeared. Then, last week, I looked at my e-mail and there …