What do women’s rights have to do with the SDGs and the Internet?

Short answer, everything An abridged version of this was originally published at http://www.resurj.org/blog/what-do-women%E2%80%99s-rights-have-do-sdgs-and-internet I was recently at the Sri Lankan Internet Governance Forum (IGF) where she spoke on a panel that discussed the linkages between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Internet. Her intervention was framed around two questions. Technology and Information and Communication Technologies… Continue reading What do women’s rights have to do with the SDGs and the Internet?

Standing in Solidarity with our Muslim Sisters

Originally published at http://www.resurj.org/blog/sri-lanka-standing-solidarity-our-muslim-sisters A country’s laws must respond to and reflect the lived realities of its people and uphold their fundamental rights as human beings. It has become more apparent than ever as the country goes through a process of constitutional reform that Sri Lanka has a fair share of laws that don’t do so and result… Continue reading Standing in Solidarity with our Muslim Sisters

Engaging Youth via New Media: Beyond ‘Clicktivism’

Originally published at http://blogs.worldbank.org/endpovertyinsouthasia/engaging-youth-new-media-beyond-clicktivism In my work with Women and Media Collective (WMC), a leading women’s organization in  Sri Lanka, I have often noticed the lack of engagement with young women (and young men) and also their apparent lack of interest to engage with WMC’s work. Being a young woman myself and often being one of… Continue reading Engaging Youth via New Media: Beyond ‘Clicktivism’

Morning Puja at Koneswaram

A few months ago we visited Koneswaram just before sunrise, only to find out that we were on time for the morning puja (in fact even the priests arrived after us!). It was a surreal experience, with all the rituals, the sounds of different bells and chants, the colours and the devotees. These are some… Continue reading Morning Puja at Koneswaram

The Ceylon Traveller – Magul Maha Viharaya, Lahugala

Originally published in The Sunday Leader on 01/04/2012 (http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2012/04/01/the-ceylon-traveller-magul-maha-viharaya-lahugala/) I visited Magul Maha Viharaya in Lahugala back in 2009. It is yet another place that has so much history behind it and lots of interesting tidbits but isn’t flaunting any of it, preferring to exist quietly. Lahugala is ten miles inland off the East Coast… Continue reading The Ceylon Traveller – Magul Maha Viharaya, Lahugala

The Ceylon Traveller – Kantharodai, Jaffna

Originally published in The Sunday Leader on 18/03/2012 (http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2012/03/18/the-ceylon-traveller-kantharodai-kadurugoda/) It’s always pleasant to detour during a trip and stumble upon a place you had never heard of before. Kantharodai in Jaffna (also known as Kadurugoda) is such a place and as you can see from the photos, it is surreal to go to Jaffna and… Continue reading The Ceylon Traveller – Kantharodai, Jaffna