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[11 Sep 2018 | No Comment | Posted by ]
End Corporal Punishment In Sri Lanka – Vision 2020 To Hold Public Walk for Real Change on 30th September

Tuesday, 11th September 2018
Sri Lanka ratified the UNCRC in 1991 but lags behind the rest of the world in eliminating corporal punishment. Even though there are laws in the island banning corporal punishment in schools, such punitive disciplinary procedures are condoned by many educators and parents. It is socially acceptable because they reflect upon their own personal experiences, often glorifying severe punishments they received in their youth. Punishment is justified on the basis that such …

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[5 Sep 2018 | No Comment | Posted by ]
The vagina is self-cleaning – so why does the ‘feminine hygiene’ industry exist?

From talcum powder to jade eggs and douches, an industry has grown up to sell products – some of which are harmful – that play on women’s fears about being dirty or smelly

Which of the following should go nowhere near your vagina: a penis, a finger, a tampon or talcum powder? According to a jury in Missouri in July, it is the talc: the court found in favour of 22 women who claimed their ovarian …

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[3 Sep 2018 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Duerte’s Patriarchy for Tea

3rd September 2018, Mount Lavinia
Philippine President Rodrigo Duerte’s comments about beautiful women getting raped as reported by the Washington Post brings into focus our global attitude toward rape. Duerte’s off the cuff remark, during a speech in his hometown of Davao, where he was once Mayor, was apparently a joke.
“They said there are many rape cases in Davao… As long as there are many beautiful women, there will be more rape cases.”

He went on to …

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[24 Jul 2018 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Rape Convictions and Sri Lanka: The Judicial Wall People Need to Climb

Tuesday, 24th July 2018
By Sajani Ramanayake
In 2001, Jesudasan Rita a 17-year-old schoolchild was abducted by two men and raped in Sri Lanka’s Central Province. The rapists held Rita for four hours in their vehicle and then dumped her in an isolated area.
“The case was heard by nine High Court judges while the prosecution was led by 10 state counsels and more than 20 lawyers, from Caritas Kandy (SETIK) and also from the Kandy Diocese’s human rights …

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[20 Jul 2018 | No Comment | Posted by ]
What happened to the calls for abortion reform?

19th July 2018, Mount Lavinia
Last week the Daily Mirror published a sensationalist piece on abortion following a Family Health Bureau led event for World Population Day purportedly using UNFPA Sri Lanka data. For many years now the statistic of 1000 abortions a day has been the cause for much consternation among public health practitioners and the general public alike. The writer of the Daily Mirror piece appears to have heard this statistic for the first time, …

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[18 Jul 2018 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Sri Lanka’s Nude Culture Revisited: Responding to Homemade Porn

Wednesday, 18th July 2018
By Hans Billimoria
In December 2017, a school boy tipped us off about a Sri Lankan porn site that included three of his friends. Three girls.  His plea – please take down this site. When we checked, the TRC had previously blocked this site but it had opened up seamlessly under a new URL. Subsequently this site has continued to change its URL regularly, making sure that visitors and subscribers have uninterrupted access …

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[3 Jul 2018 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Bakamoono Fellowship #BakFellow

The Grassrooted Trust, supported by British Council Colombo, are offering fellowships for writers, photographers and videographers in Sinhala and Tamil. The aim is to create content that engages with young people in Sri Lanka via the relationship education portal bakamoono.lk. The fellowship seeks to support 32 young people who will in turn support their peers on issues related sex and relationships. It is not so much about penises and vaginae, and what fits in where, …

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[20 Mar 2018 | No Comment | Posted by ]
V Day 2018: PatriANARCHY

This Easter Sunday, Grassrooted presents V Day 2018 PatriANarchy – a look at how our patriarchal values continue to inflict violence on us in Sri Lanka. Like previous years, The performances are based on interviews, discussions and conversations with victims, survivors and perpetrators, and stories covered by the national press.
In 2018 V Day moves to aptly named Idea Hell @ 45/6 Alwis Place Colombo 3 (Near Bishop’s College Auditorium) – A renovated air conditioned warehouse that …

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[18 May 2017 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Internet Governance Forum 2017: A Statement from The Grassrooted Trust

18th May 2017
Recommendations following the Cyber Security and Safer Internet panel at the Internet Governance Forum 2017, hosted by the Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter on 18th May 2017
The Grassrooted Trust has been part of the National Task Force on Cyber Exploitation, set up by the National Child Protection Authority in June 2015. This task force included the Solicitor General and SL CERT. Over the past two years Grassrooted has recorded case studies and helped …

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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 …