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[13 Nov 2018 | No Comment | Posted by ]
We shall be the Butterflies for Democracy

The ‘First Citizen’ of our country who was elected by our vote and subsequently betrayed the public mandate, has resorted to using the term ‘Butterfly’, a derogatory term alluding to minority sexual orientations. He has done so to hurt, shame and insult his political opponents and the LGBTIQ+ community as a whole, in order to protect his waning popularity and to justify his anti-democratic acts. We stand here today in protest to the aforesaid act and …

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[18 Oct 2018 | No Comment | Posted by ]
HIV Risk Calculator App Launched in Sri Lanka via NSACP

Tuesday, 13th September 
by Dharini Priscilla 
National STD/AIDS Control Programme (NSACP) recently launched ‘Stay Safe’ – A mobile app that facilitates self-assessment of the risk level of acquiring HIV.
The Stay Safe App, is an easy to use tool, that helps you determine the risk level of acquiring HIV through various sexual activities. The app provides a comprehensive list of common heterosexual and homosexual activities, for which the associated risk level can be obtained. The app also gives …

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[14 Oct 2018 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Why we don’t get consent

October 14th, 2018
By Paromita Vohra
Perhaps the most dispiriting thing about the stories emerging from the bhadralok #MeToo moment of the last two weeks is that not a single story about men I’ve actually known or met surprised me. It’s not because I had identical experiences with them (though I occasionally had) but because I had glimpsed something far more telling about consent in their eyes. As a smart and funny woman, who is a conventionally non-hot type, …

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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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[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 ]
The age old ‘Quality’ Vs ‘Quantity’ debate – The Parenting BLIP Saga

By Dedunie De Silva  
I was having a chat with a friend recently, whose only son had been critically ill over a year ago with a serious medical condition. He was explaining the feeling of total and utter desperation and helplessness as he watched his son in a vegetative state, where allopathy had done all it could and it was all up to his son to wake up or not. He had wondered at that moment, …

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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, …