[30 Apr 2019 | No Comment | Posted by ]

30th April, 2019
By Hans Billimoria
In recent years, we have tried to disentangle relationship education from sex education in Sri Lanka. Our impetus: sex education in Sri Lanka is limited to education around sex and reproduction, i.e. vaginal – penal penetration that leads to pregnancy and childbirth. UNESCO prefers the term comprehensive sexuality education, and defines it as follows:
“Comprehensive sexuality education is a curriculum-based process of teaching and learning about the cognitive, emotional, physical and social …

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[30 Mar 2019 | No Comment | Posted by ]

V Day 2019: Colombo 07, like previous years, is based on interviews, discussions, conversations, and news coverage on the varied manifestations of gender-based and intimate partner violence in Sri Lanka.
Following previous productions, among the feedback was that we should “take this message to the village”. So, this year, we do just that by focusing on the hamlet of Colombo 07, to underpin that emotional, physical, and sexual violence is not limited to rural and provincial …

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[11 Dec 2018 | No Comment | Posted by ]

Tuesday, 11th December 2018
The world celebrates International Human Rights Day on Monday. On this day in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly — then headquartered in Paris — ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). This day is now celebrated and marked across the world with high level events and more hosted by Governments, rights-based organizations and more.
But it seems that in 70 years, our struggle forward to ensure human rights and dignity for all …

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[7 Dec 2018 | No Comment | Posted by ]

Friday, 07th December 2018
By Iman Saleem 
In early October, Saakya Rajawasan, a Grade 13 student at Colombo International School, was banned from the school’s annual fashion show for attempting to wear a rainbow flag on stage. She was later sent a letter home citing ‘unacceptable and irresponsible behaviour’ for draping the cape around her bag, offstage. Her bag was confiscated; she was banned from extra-curricular activities (including community service) and threatened with suspension. CIS’s treatment of …