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[26 Jan 2016 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Urgent Need for Comprehensive Age-Appropriate Relationship Education – Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education, are you listening?

26th January 2016
On the 21st of January 2016 the Daily News published ‘Wariyapola Hit by HIV’ – a news report outlining that “The Kurunegala district has the second largest number of HIV infected cases among all districts in the country and of them, the majority has been reported from Wariyapola.” The article was apparently the result of an Awareness Programme conducted by consultant Aruna Shantha Ratnamalala of the Wariyapola MOH Office at the Minuwangoda Bodhirukkarama …

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[6 Nov 2015 | No Comment | Posted by ]
V Day වලාකුළෙන්  மேகத்திலிருந்து

Have you ever shared a naked picture?
Do we do that in Sri Lanka?
Must be only in Colombo, no?
Join Grassrooted as we perform V Day – වලාකුළෙන්  மேகத்திலிருந்து, (From The Cloud) where we explore the motivations and angst around cyber exploitation and violence. Listen to parents, educators, perpetrators and victims, and also those on the outside looking in who are trying to make sense of this phenomena that our young people, and some not so young, …

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[7 Sep 2015 | No Comment | Posted by ]
“I’m Three and a half years old!”

Of the thousands of photos taken of our little munchkin over the past years, why did I choose this one for my update on BLIP…? (NB – mind you, this was the ONLYaspect of the previous version of the article that was commended!). So why this photo? For many reasons – for just how happy and joyful he looks in it; for the complete freedom and liberation it represents, away from stereotypical ‘gender markings’; the fact that …

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[5 Aug 2015 | No Comment | Posted by ]
On Dicks, Pics & Fiddlesticks: Sex and Convention in 2015

On Sunday we sat down with the cast of the Irish Curse.  Five men. Five small penises. Five perspectives on life. It’s funny. It’s sad. It’s very, very real. Some of us watching this play will no doubt identify with what is being said, for at some point, perhaps as a testosterone riddled teenager, we’ve measured length and girth. We may have even compared notes. We would’ve, should’ve, and could’ve have lied of course… but …

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[21 May 2015 | One Comment | Posted by ]
Today Vithiya Sivaloganadan: Who’s next?

The title of this post is the title of a poem written by Shamila Daluwatta, a vocal activist for the rights of women and girls in Sri Lanka. The horrific news from the North of another gang rape in just three months, has forced us once again to review who we are as a people. The gang rape in Mannar in March was contested, the evidence was questioned, even by rights activists in Colombo, perhaps seeking …

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[11 Feb 2015 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Asia-Pacific Health Groups Raise concerns over intellectual property and investment provisions in RCEP negotiations

Call on RCEP countries to protect public health and access to medicines as 7th Round of  negotiations gets underway in Thailand this week.
Bangkok, 9 February 2015 –
As negotiators from 16 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including all ASEAN countries, China and India, meet in Thailand this week for the 7th round of negotiations of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP), groups fighting for access to affordable health care for all see their hopes threatened …

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[14 Jul 2014 | No Comment | Posted by ]
HIV re-emerges in ‘cured’ Mississippi girl

The following article conveys extremely disheartening news. A cure for HIV, and/or more comprehensive prevention measures are often not discussed in our culture. The information is out there, but few feel the need to access this knowledge. Grassrooted believes in accurate and comprehensive approaches to knowledge sharing, and that is why we feel we should share this to underpin how many miles we have to go before we sleep. 

10 July 2014

A baby girl in the US born …

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[28 May 2014 | No Comment | Posted by ]
The invisible generation – why are the deaths of adolescents living with HIV being forgotten?

New coalition calls for urgent response to expand treatment and care for adolescents living with HIV 

The World Health Organization released a report last week that reveals HIV is the second leading cause of death amongst adolescents aged 10-19 globally, and the number one cause in Africa.[1] Adolescents are increasingly dying at a time when HIV-related deaths are decreasing for all other age groups.
In light of this stark statistic, a new coalition was formed to catalyze immediate …

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[26 May 2014 | No Comment | Posted by ]
New hepatitis resolution is passed at world health assembly; challenges World Health Organization and member states to act

Today new hepatitis resolution is passed at world health assembly; challenges World Health Organization and member states to act
Geneva, Switzerland, May 22, 2014 —Today, four years after introducing its first viral hepatitis resolution, the World Health Assembly (WHA)—the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO)—passed the Hepatitis Resolution, which commits the WHO and United Nations (UN) member states to urgent action to address the global hepatitis pandemic, including that of hepatitis C virus (HCV).
Globally, an …

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[29 Apr 2014 | No Comment | Posted by ]
V Day 2014 Review

What this V Day 2014 Review  does not tell you is that the cast had a discussion with sex workers to understand the realities they face in Sri Lanka. Most of the cast members had not had this opportunity to sit face to face with sex workers and discuss the challenges they face on the streets and from their clients. The main issues that arose were around the absence of human dignity and violence they encounter on …