“We need more women in politics” – Ellen Sandell My first meeting with Ellen Sandell was in 2010, and in Cancun. We were both part of the climate youth movement, and attending the Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC. She has come a long way since then to be the state MP for Melbourne, the first ever Greens MP elected to the Victorian lower house. She agreed to speak ...

Of Lips & Smudges (the unexpected ones) image courtesy wikipedia He comes from some weird corner of the hallway and decides to plant a kiss on my face. I was not used to this and it was a first. He had not ventured to act this even when we were together, and I had expected at most a handshake. The red lipstick smudge on his cheek I ...

“Passion is what drives you to work for a cause, being a happy person increases your commitment.” – Sarah Soysa Photo provides by Sarah Soysa Sarah Soysa is passionate about her work, a feminist working in the field of sexual and reproductive health and gender issues, she is currently reading for her masters in gender and development studies at the University of Melbourne. She is the initiator of the first hotline in Sri Lanka which provides information on safe medical ...

On Epiphanies and Moving On Photo by Hilary Boles licensed under Creative Commons I speak to him after months. He asks about my visa, and I tell him that things were sorted out, and that I would head out on Sunday. I laugh my usual laugh, interrupt his statement as I usually do in my playful way, and he plays his usual-self: the man whose ...

Post War Wakarei : A Story of Three Generations I met Kusalini when I was in Wakarei on a field visit. She peeped at me while sitting on her mother’s lap and I was busy noting down the answers her grandmother was providing me on the challenges she faces to continue her agricultural work. At first Kusalini was hesitant to come to me, a woman who was strangely dressed ...

“Miss you in a heartbeat” A few notes and I am owned by the song. I go back in time, a few months a few weeks, a few days. “I miss you in a heartbeat” the chorus goes on, and I think of you. I never do much, but then I do at times. I am weird like that. And you know that. So are ...

“What matters is the way you look at things, and your attitude to life.” – Dilum Goonewardena (Photo provided by Dilum Goonewardena) Dilum Goonewardena works at the Permanent Delegation of Sri Lanka to the UNESCO. From Sri Lanka, after moving to France for her studies. She shares her story today on what inspired her to follow her dreams. Life: An inspiration “I left Sri Lanka when I was 21, and since then I have become an independent ...

Women at Work : Share Your Story! A good morning to all of you! (A morning, and afternoon or an evening depending on where you are of course). I am sharing my latest venture which is collecting stories, and then of course sharing them. Yesterday when on twitter, a colleague drew my attention to something, which is that when we speak of women in developing countries, it ...

Finally, the beach! Finally at the beach after the rains stopped, heels at hand and “are you for real?” expression on my face. He laughs, he was getting used to the expression over the evening, though having been first worried as to what it meant. The sand was wet from the rain, and the waves that had been rougher than usual. “What does ...

It’s decided. I like my room. The four walls that keep me away from what I do not want to see, whose faces I see not the point of seeing. I lay in bed, typing as I do, all the time on mails, on articles and on other forms of communication. But avoiding face-to-face encounters with whom I will have ...

Three Blocks of Walking Copenhagen Skies Last few hours together. I had not finished my packing yet. I needed to get some things from the super market. I ask him to join me on the walk. Three blocks. To walk with me so I could have him near me. He refuses. I ask him a few more times. And he refuses still. I give ...

You pick well A woman A naive one You and silly Probably And gullible Enough You think. It’s fine To mess around You do that all the time Why not this time? She seems Stupid enough Slutty enough In her little back dress Or red Depending on her mood You think. You walk in Walk out As you please She ...

My brain has failed to come up with any writing that is worthwhile for a while, and I blame it all on the trauma of having to put up with one painful experience two weeks ago. (Yes, those who know me know what I am referring to, go ahead and laugh you people!) I need something to blame my handicap ...

Colombo Port City Project: A Threat to Sustainable Development? Tuesday, 3rd March 2015, environmentalists and took to the roads in protest of the Colombo Port City Project. One of the many projects of the Rajapasksa government, and one that has been used freely by President Sirisena’s election campaign days, the project is planned on 252 hectares of reclaimed land in Colombo. This land (if the project is carried as ...

I told him I will write of him, the evening and the rest of it, and he tells me I should send him the link. I might, out of sheer bitchiness. I could be that, when someone deserves it, or plays the ultimate jerk trying to outdo himself in achieving the height of self-centric behaviour. I have known this specimen ...

“Chivalry is still alive!” We end up fighting for my handbag. All because of a comment I made that it contained my laptop in it. He believed in being the gentleman and wanted to carry it, just like he kept opening every door for me throughout the evening. (This of course resulted in him playing the doorman for a few more people who walked ...

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