NO to Animal Cruelty. YES to Animal Welfare Bill. (Photo courtesy wikipedia) Recently a video which was shared by a Sri Lankan on his Facebook managed to grab a lot of attention. Why? Many reasons. One probably being that some people liked watching cruelty to animals, the other due to a petition which was launched against the video, requesting that the man be punished for cruelty he inflicted ...

A Rant from Hoarders’ Land I type in the dark, with the company of mosquitos, and close to a rambutan tree which has become an inside joke of the family since it is a reminiscent or a reference to my ex-husband who claimed he had estates of the particular fruit (which of course I had not laid my eyes on). My sister comes out of ...

It has been one of those long weeks with too many hours spent typing away responses to mails. I had wanted to write something but had not the energy nor the tie to type insanity as I usually do. I guess it just slipped my mind to jot anything down, or I was just too exhausted at the end of ...

“When you are woman in South Asia, everything becomes restrictive or a word of warning. ” – Senashia Ekanayake Senashia Ekanayake is a writer, who likes to describes herself as “mediating with her first quarter life crisis and contemplating life as a writer in the making.” She is motivated by two things: writing and environment and firmly believes that if one truly puts one’s heart into something that one wants to do or achieve, then on can end ...

I start typing knowing that I need to finish typing in ten minutes, and get this uploaded in fifteen before I pack and leave. It’s Sunday, apparently Mother’s Day, and the day usually people do not work. I have taken a two-day break to work (of course the weekend). Yes, you heard it right, to work! Anyone who knows me ...

“Seeing my father fight injustice inspired me.” – Bhagya Wickramasinghe Bhagya Wickramasinghe is a lecturer in law, an Attorney-at-Law, and works as a researcher for Sri Lankan Youth Climate Action Network, an organisation focusing on climate change, youth empowerment, and social justice. She shared her experience of being a young professional and multi-tasking which has allowed her to do work on the causes she believes in. Education: key to empowerment ...

“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 ...

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