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Thoughts for Pride 2017

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In June 2016, the United Nations appointed a Special Expert on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Sex Characteristics (SOGIESC) issues. This was a crucial step in the supranational sector, where the emphasis on SOGIESC has long lapsed. The appointment was subjected to two votes, firstly at the UN HRC in Geneva and secondly at the UN Headquarters in New York. It was vehemently opposed by a number of governments (especially African and Middle Eastern states). Yet, the majority of member states voted in favour of appointing a SOGIESC Special Expert.

Indeed, every Sri Lankan citizen can be proud of the decision of the government of Sri Lanka to vote in favour of the Special Expert. In this season of Pride celebrations, it is necessary to reiterate the fact that the Government of Sri Lanka voted in favour of the SOGIESC Special Expert. If anything, Sri Lanka’s SOGIESC vote at the UN is an indication that SOGIESC-related…[Read more here].

Published, Sunday 2 July 2017, The Sunday Leader [print & online]

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My latest: ‘Serena to Tharjini: The battle for gender justice in sport’, in the #ColomboTelegraph this morning (Sunday 16th September 2018). The spectacular victory of the #SriLankan #Netball Team at the 2018 Asian Championships, is a feat that demonstrates the power of women in sport in Sri Lanka, who face high levels of systemic discrimination, due to ways in which women in sport are perceived in a highly cis-hetero-patirarchal system. This article discusses some aspects of challenges facing women in sport, highlighting comparative perspectives [especially the racist and misogynist treatment of Serena Williams at the 2018 #USOpen] and the importance of taking stock of #intersectional oppressions that hinder the emergence, success, access to facilities and recognition of women in sport. #lka #WomenInSport #PowerWomen #Sheroes #TharjiniSivalingam #ChathurangiJayasuriya #SusanthikaJayasinghe #SerenaWilliams #SystemicDiscrimination #DismantlethePatriarchy #globalChallenges Image credits: ©Straits Times & bakamoono.lk. Link to the article: https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/serena-to-tharjini-the-battle-for-gender-justice-in-sport/
#SriLankaIsNext The #Indian #SupremeCourt has issued a landmark judgement on Section 377 in the Indian #penalcode. This is an achievement not of NGO industrial work, but of tireless grassroots activism by hundreds of thousands of people. To us in #srilanka🇱🇰, this momentum is a tremendous occasion to reinforce our campaigns towards repealing #article365 of the#SriLankan Penal Code. Click here to read a #ColomboTelegraph report: https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/india-says-yes-to-love/ #lovewins #yesequality #sogiesc #Lka #SriLankan #lgbtqi #repeal365 #repeal365a #movementbuilding #southasia #genderjustice #colombo #queersrilanka
The #Belfast blaze. A building originally built in 1785, right in the middle of the city centre, that housed Primark. This morning’s remains of this iconic building, if anything, is living proof of the principle of impermanence, which at the end of the day, is the central essence of all life and all things material. #belfast #bankbuildings #anithya #ni #ireland #augustmorning
It was so lovely to see My Queen, the one and only @willettafleming tonight. Willetta is an amazing poet, visionary and role model. Tonight showed the power of black women leading the way, and black queens coming together. I was humbly privileged to be part of the #CircleBack poetry night. #Queen #BlackGirlMagic #BlackLivesMatter #BlackLove #willettafleming #Belfast #lka #WoC #QTBiPoC #BlackBelfast #Ireland
It was such a pleasure to be part of this fantastic event #blackgirlmagic #blacklove #blacklivesmatter #WillettaFleming Chapeau to @willettafleming for her excellent organising. #poetry #belfast #northernireland
#Palestine solidarity lunch with my girls. This is what I like about #feileanphobail #feile2018 there’s a really genuine sense of solidarity here, and despite the gap between the lived experience of the Troubles in #Ireland and the hugely destructive magnitude of the plight of the #Palestinian people, there is a sense of understanding. #solidarity, in the times we live in, is extremely important and vital for our collective survival. #belfast #feile #ireland #palestine #pride #queer #pride2018 #feile2018 #lka #westBelfast #belfast #peacebuilding #fightAgainstInjustice #JusticeForPalestine

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