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The Seetha Arambepola Syndrome: A Sinhala-Buddhist-Feminist Rebuke

By Paramie Jayakody, Isurinie Mallawaarachchi and Dr Chamindra Weerawardhana Colombo Telegraph, 1 July 2020 Taking part in a television show telecast by a privately-owned Sri Lankan TV channel on 23rd of June, 2020, Dr Seetha Kumari Arambepola [hereinafter referred to as Dr SKA], an ENT surgeon, Executive Committee member of the lobbying group Viyath Maga, former governor of the Western Province, high-profile confidante of the Gotabaya Rajapaksa regime, and SLPP National List

Pride amidst Pandemic: Sri Lankan Perspective on Pride 2020

Colombo Telegraph, 25 June 2020 Pride 2020 is markedly different from previous years. Apart from the obvious reality that we are unable to organise pride events and social gatherings, the pandemic situation has impacted pride, and SOGIESC rights advocacy in general, in a number of very specific ways. Pandemic as a ‘grounding’ force? Impact on NGO sector and Philanthropy Firstly, the pandemic has clearly demonstrated how the most marginalised and least represented segments of

Interview with Dr Chamindra Weerawardhana

APTN, 9 June 2019 Meet Chamindra Dr. Chamindra Weerawardhana is a researcher, educator, political analyst, international consultant and journalist, specialising in the areas of gender politics, the politics of deeply divided societies and international relations. Originally from Sri Lanka, APTN is excited to have her join the APTN Regional Steering Committee. The RSC responsibility will be to represent the work of APTN and provide mission-based leadership and strategic govern

Interview with Dr Chamindra Weerawardhana: Lak Handa Te-Whanganui-a-Tara

On 16th March 2019, Dr Chamindra Weerawardhana was interviewed by Ms Pavithra Jayawardena, for the Lak Handa Sinhala language radio [@lakhandawellington on Facebook], in Te-Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand. https://www.facebook.com/1048422215299279/videos/766805260385489 #intersectionalfeminism #socialjustice #genderjustice #economicjustice #aotearoa #srilanka #lka #sogiesc #ie_sogi #humanrights #tewhanganuiatara #wellington #chamindraweerawardhana #pavithraj

Thoughts On Decolonising Lanka: From Servility To Dignity

Colombo Telegraph, 5 February 2019 To mark the seventy-first anniversary of Sri Lanka gaining dominion status. One of the most insightful pieces of writing one would read this year is scholar-activist Senel Wanniarachchi’s excellent account of encountering Tara, a Buddhist and Hindu mother goddess of mercy and generous compassion at…the British Museum. Several excerpts of Wanniarachchi’s article are worth quoting at some length, and in this ‘independence month’, these words a