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A Gap Unbridgeable, Part I: The Necon and Neoliberal in Sri Lankan Politics

22 August 2020 The ideas on a progressive and pluralist populism raised by Dr Dayan Jayatilleka on this platform, have been critiqued by Mark Salter, also on this platform. This is an exchange of ideas that anyone with an interest not only in Sri Lankan politics, but also in the politics of deeply divided places in general, ought to pay attention to. Salter’s article published on 12 August 2020 is, very much, a defence of the Norwegian facilitation efforts in Sri Lanka. Jayat

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: University of Victoria

University of Victoria, 4 March 2020 Dr Chamindra Weerawardhana was interviewed by the Chair in Transgender Studies and Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria, in the traditional territories of the W̱SÁNEĆ people, in Turtle Island. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uheNlmWfW5g #chamindraweerawardhana #transfeminism #intersectionalfeminisms #BlackFeminism #southasianfeminisms #internationalpolitics #archivalresearch #transpolitics #womeninpolitics #sogiesc #ie_sogi #

The politics of SOGIESC in Sri Lanka: a year-end reflection

Colombo Telegraph, 2 January 2020 There has been no better time for SOGIESC advocacy in Sri Lanka. Like in many countries across the global South/s, SOGIESC advocacy in Sri Lanka has long been, and continues to be, donor-funded. In some cases, it is extremely challenging to not to make this body of work not donor-driven. Working with donors, and engaging with donor bodies in terms of the most pressing needs of communities non-cis-het communities remains a major challenge for

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

Sri Lanka’s LGBTIQ Equality Stalemate & Victorian Hangovers: Reflections On A Decolonizing Approach

The week of the 16th of January 2017 carried bad news for Sri Lanka’s LGBTIQ community. At the weekly meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, a number of ministers had vehemently opposed the abrogation of Articles 365 and 365A of the Penal Code. This also implies vehement opposition to the inclusion of a constitutional clause on equality to all Sri Lankan citizens, irrespective of their gender identity and/or sexual orientation. In other words, this cabinet decision, reached by

LGBTQI Rights In Sri Lanka: Long Way Ahead

The 2016 world conference (#ILGA2016BKK) of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Association (ILGA) was held in Bangkok last week. ILGA carries out a great deal of work regionally (Europe, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Oceania, Pan Africa and Asia), and the world conference brings together all the regional bodies. The 2016 conference included some 700 delegates from 98 countries. In sum, it happened to be a microcosm of global L