Subha Wijesiriwardena (b. 1988) is a queer-feminist activist, researcher, and writer/blogger from Colombo, Sri Lanka. She has a degree in Communication and Media Studies from Mount Carmel College (University of Bangalore).
Subha has a background in the arts. She received more than a decade of traditional dance training and went on to work in theatre in Colombo for over five years (as an actor, producer and manager), with an internship at the Royal Shakespeare Company (UK) in 2009. As an arts manager, she worked on an international literary festival (Galle Literary Festival) and an international design festival (Sri Lanka Design Festival) in Sri Lanka, among other visual and performing arts exhibitions and events. In 2017, she was a curator for Sri Lanka’s first Women of the World Festival (founded at the Southbank Centre, UK).
Subha has been writing for more than a decade. Her writing has been published online, and in print in Sri Lanka, India, the UK and Australia. She writes about gender, sexuality, tech, media and politics. She was awarded Best English Blogger 2016 (Nelumyaya Foundation) in Sri Lanka.
Subha now works with Sri Lanka’s leading feminist organization, Women and Media Collective, in the domain of Gender and Sexuality, where she brings an intersectional feminist focus to work on women’s rights, queer rights and digital rights.
She also co-founded and co-runs a young feminist-led online/on-ground group called A Collective for Feminist Conversations based in Colombo, which is focused on fostering intergenerational, intersectional dialogue between people with feminist values.
She remains involved in the arts, primarily as a theatre actor and producer.
She is the co-author of ‘Not Traditionally Technical: Lesbian Women in Sri Lanka and Their Use of The Internet’, published by the Association for Progressive Communications and Women and Media Collective, 2018.
Photograph: Ruvin de Silva (2018)
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