Subha Wijesiriwardena (b. 1988) is a feminist activist, researcher, and writer/blogger from Colombo, Sri Lanka. She has a degree in Communication and Media Studies (Bangalore, India).
Subha has a background in the arts; she received a decade of dance training and went on to work in theatre in Colombo for over five years (as a performer, producer and manager). Her international stints in the arts have included an internship at the Royal Shakespeare Company (UK) and summer school at Europe’s leading contemporary dance conservatoire, Laban (UK). 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.
Subha has been writing online 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 and tech, media, and politics through a feminist lens. She was awarded Best English Blogger 2016 by the Nelumyaya Foundation Blog Awards in Sri Lanka.
After a stint in media development, Subha now works with Sri Lanka’s leading feminist organization; her work is particularly focused on the intersections between gender, sexuality and digital rights.
She is invested in the growth of young, local feminist leadership; she co-founded and co-runs an inter-generational, intersectional online/offline group called A Collective for Feminist Conversations. She is frequently involved in planning and programming feminist discussions and events, most recently as one of the curators of Sri Lanka’s first international Women of the World Festival (founded by the Southbank Centre, UK).
She also frequently facilitates gender workshops for a diverse range of people: children and adults, activists and non-activists.
Co-author, ‘Not Traditionally Technical: Lesbian Women in Sri Lanka and Their Use of The Internet’ (EROTICS, Sri Lanka study). APC, Women and Media Collective. 2018.