Is the internet really democratic?: How the ‘wired world’ excludes women and other marginalized persons

    This was a short presentation I delivered (with a few small edits) at a panel discussion organised by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka under the theme  “Cross Cutting Dynamics of Online Democracy; Mainstreaming Internet Freedom and Right to Privacy in Sri Lanka” , to address women’s rights within the context of internet… Read More Is the internet really democratic?: How the ‘wired world’ excludes women and other marginalized persons

A True Sri Lankan Intersectionality: LGBTIQ equality, MMDA reform and more

For awhile now, I’ve been thinking about intersectionality and what it would mean for feminists and other activists in a Sri Lankan context at this moment. For young women activists and queer-rights activists in Sri Lanka, like myself, the temptation is strong to follow young, American liberational discourses. on social justice. We ‘stood with Standing Rock’.… Read More A True Sri Lankan Intersectionality: LGBTIQ equality, MMDA reform and more

Rape, the Abuse of Power: Feminist Thoughts on ‘Silence in the Courts’

    Note: In this piece, when I refer to ‘rape’, I refer more or less exclusively to heterosexual rape, as committed against women, by men. The omission of the discussion of other versions of sexual violence and rape is not exclusionary in intent, but because the piece attempts to discuss ‘rape’ as presented in the… Read More Rape, the Abuse of Power: Feminist Thoughts on ‘Silence in the Courts’

Holding Space and Speaking: Why, When, How We Say the Things We Say About Injustice

  Below are some notes and observations about how, why and when we choose to speak and what we choose to say on social media – but also in general. This is about how we respond to injustice, and how we respond to those who respond to injustice – and while specifically about recent events,… Read More Holding Space and Speaking: Why, When, How We Say the Things We Say About Injustice

Feminist Perspectives on the Orlando Shooting (from the Third-World)

What do cases like the Stanford rape and the mass-shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse, in Orlando, Florida have in common?  Do not be fooled: the victims in both cases may seem easily distinguishable – one was a young, working woman, the others up to 50 people celebrating Pride week at a famous Orlando club;… Read More Feminist Perspectives on the Orlando Shooting (from the Third-World)

How Does Our Media Cover Tragedy? An Open Letter to Sri Lankan Media Establishments

Published on Groundviews. On April 2016, two 19 year-old women were fatally hit by a train while attempting to cross a railway track in Dehiwala. The tragic incident quickly attracted the attention of the media, and journalists from every major domestic media outlet reported the incident, bringing to the nation and the world images and… Read More How Does Our Media Cover Tragedy? An Open Letter to Sri Lankan Media Establishments