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 a cabinet of ministers that describes itself as advocates of ‘yahapalanaya’ (good governance) does not recognize the fundamental rights of Sri Lankan citizens who are not heterosexual in terms of their sexual orientation. Although regulations have been slightly altered with regards to the tedious process of ‘correcting’ the civil service documentation of Transgender citizens, this cabinet decision also amounts to a rejection of Transgender (and indeed other gender-plural) Sri Lankan citizens, as it clearly hints at a reluctance at the highest levels of government to ensure the fundamental rights of citizens irrespective of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. In other words, the government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and its President, whose election was described as the dawn of an era of good governance, does not recognize non-heterosexual and non-cis-hetero-normative Sri Lankans. Despite the tremendous contributions they make to society home and abroad, the highest levels of government have concluded that LGBTIQ people, due to their sexual orientation and gender identity, as a second, if not third class, pariah category. This writer, for instance, a Sri Lankan citizen and a multilingual Trans woman with a Franco-British education plus an International Politics PhD, is, to go by the cabinet decision… [Read more at Colombo Telegraph).
Sri Lanka’s LGBTIQ Equality Stalemate & Victorian Hangovers: Reflections On A Decolonizing Approach To Sexual And Gender Justice
This refereed article focuses on an eventful episode of politics of Labour Representation in Northern Ireland. Writing about politics of the left in Ulster was indeed a very exciting experience. It was an effort, albeit incomplete and parsimonious, to document a time of much political excitement among party members and some of Northern Ireland Labour's most committed activists. This article is also one that provides testimony to the commitment of a group of people in Northern Ireland to genuinely work towards cross-community consensus, and move beyond zero-sum sectarian politicking [which has for many months brought Stormont to a standstill]. Writing this article began during a very busy time, right in the middle of my mandate as Northern Ireland Labour's LGBT+ Officer/EC Member. Its completion marks my own 'moving on' within politics of the left and advocacy of social and very especially gender justice, developing further critical perspectives on what could be broadly termed 'politics of the left'. This article, needless to say, is also an example of what I call 'reverse' area studies - as in, a person with their roots in the global South immersing herself in the politics of a deeply divided society in the global North. My thanks go to the many friends in the Labour Party in Northern Ireland and in the province's Labour mouvement for their friendship, critical discussions, arguments, disagreements and wisdom. Very special thanks go to a distinguished party senior, Comrade Sam R. Gibson, Chair of the Labour Party's North Down Branch, and a co-convenor of Save Our Services Northern Ireland, for his insight, wit, and decades-long commitment to inclusive politics in Northern Ireland. All errors and shortcomings remain mine. #PoliticsOfTheLeft #NorthernIreland #Ulster #NorthOfIreland #Labour_Representation_in_Northern_Ireland #LPNI #NILRC #RightToStand #CLRNI #SamGibson #lka #PoliticalParties
Last Thursday, it was a pleasure to be part of a ‘first’ in Sri Lanka. I had the great pleasure of delivering the inaugural ‘Pride Speech’ co-hosted #ERP #Chathra and #CWDF. #lka #genderjustice #homecoming #reprojustice #SriLankan #politiquederassemblement #criticalperspectives Photo credits: Chathra/ERP
Some snapshots from my talk at the Decolonial Platform @universitycollegedublin on Tuesday 10th April 2018. This talk led to a stimulating discussion on decolonial épistémologies, managing professional relations within the academy, the work to be done in the global south, white privilege in the academy, new approaches to knowledge production and much more. #decolonize #knowledgeproduction #dublin #ucd #ireland #lka #chamindraweerawardhana #internationalism #globalengagements
New publication/vient de paraître : discussion on a #Transfeminist perspective on development work in the Routledge Handbook of Queer Development Studies #genderjustice #developmentResearch #WorldPolitics #chamindraweerawardhana #lka #ireland #sibeal #womenInpolitics #scholaractivist #internationalism #globaloutreach
Intervention à l’université du Québec à Montréal - @uqam -le jeudi 22 février 2018, organisé par le Réseau québécois d’études féministes. J’ai surtout souligné ce que signifie les « solidarités transféministes » pour nos luttes féministe-intersectionnelles collectives. #femmeraciséeUniversitaire #chamindraweerawardhana #solidaritéstransféministes #AuDelàduBinaire #montreal #québec #canada #lka #internationalisme #srilanka #afroféminisme #transféminisme #sudSglobalS #RéQÉF je suis également intervenue lors d’un cours de 2ème année de bac (licence en France), où j’ai appuyé sur les mêmes enjeux.
Rencontre inaugurale de la série des conférences de l’an 2018 organisée par la chaire de recherche Canada PolEthics de l’université de Montréal. Mon intervention portait sur les enjeux transféministes , tel que je conçois le transféminisme - profondément influencé et guidé par les discours afroféministes, des féminismes indigènes etc. Ce fut un privilège de partager l’estrade avec Mme la professeure Agnès Berthelot-Raffard #transféminismes #solidaritéstransféministesinternationales #solidaritéstransnationales #montreal #lka #transpolitics #justice #equality #representationMatters #ChamindraWeerawardhana #AgnèsBerthelotRaffard #canada #îledelaTortue
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