Culture

End female genital mutilation: join the Guardian’s campaign – video

Feb 13th, 2014 | By

Survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM) from all over the world, including the UK, call for an immediate end to the practice. FGM – aimed at controlling women’s sexuality – dates back as far as ancient Egypt and has led to 130 million mutilated women and girls in the world today. These survivors offer a

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The centre wants to hold

Nov 8th, 2013 | By

President Rajapaksa and the country under him are in a rush TUGGING on a red curtain, the president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, opened a gleaming new toll road late last month. The $290m motorway links Colombo’s airport to the capital, 26 kilometres (16 miles) away, and like so much in Sri Lanka these days, it is funded

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In the lucky country of Australia apartheid is alive and kicking

Nov 8th, 2013 | By

The richest land on Earth writes Aboriginal people out of history and pushes them to the margins. Like South Africa 30 years ago. Aboriginal elders playing cards in their camp near Alice Springs. ‘A typical, dilapidated house in an outback Indigenous community must accommodate as many as 25 people. Families, the elderly and disabled people

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Video: Sex Workers in Sri Lanka: Nimalka Fernando Speaks Out

Nov 4th, 2013 | By

Government of Sri Lanka is trying to introduce Casinos in Sri Lanka as a part of their strategy to promote tourism in the country. Responding to a query by a journalist from the pro government ‘The Island’ newspaper, Dr. Nimalka Fernando has reportedly said that it was an inevitable circumstance of women engaging in the sex

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Turning to sex work in Sri Lanka’s north; a consevative estimate: 7000 sex workers

Oct 13th, 2013 | By

 Photo: Dilrukshi Handunnetti/IRIN –Soliciting clients for commercial sex in northern Sri Lanka COLOMBO/KILINOCHCHI, 10 October 2013 (IRIN) – With more women taking up as family breadwinners in Sri Lanka’s former war zone – the island’s north – the region is recording an increase in women turning to survival sex. According to estimates by local groups working with women

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Above the Law: Violations of Women’s Reproductive Rights in Northern Sri Lanka

Oct 13th, 2013 | By

Image courtesy The Social Architects The Social Architects This report, TSA’s fourth, outlines the findings of the organization’s September 2013 field mission on coercive contraception clinics in Kilinochchi District. In early September of this year, activists in Kilinochchi discovered that public health workers had administered the sub-dermal contraceptive implant, Jadelle, to women from Veravil, Keranchi, and Valaipaddu

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Sinhala People Have No Other Land: What And Which Zone Of Agreement?

Oct 13th, 2013 | By

By C. Wijeyawickrema  “If the Tamils’ cry for separatism is given up, the two communities could solve their problems and continue to live in amity and dignity.” – M.C. Sansoni, CJ—(Sessional Paper No. 7 of 1980) “Sinhala people have no other land [place to go].” – Wigenswaran-CM, NP Vessantara-traitor dilemma Between getting branded as a Tamil traitor (even

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