With the growing unpredictability of the world around us, it’s easy to forget about the importance of being compassionate. But here’s a reminder of what just one act of kindness can do.
The seventh edition of Colomboscope, `Language is Migrant`, will be in full swing from the 21st of January onwards, opening up Colombo’s leading contemporary arts festival and creative platform to artists from around the world.
Gender-based violence threatens many women and girls in Sri Lanka. Often, the lack of financial independence has been a key factor in maintaining these dangerous situations.
On 5 April, fifty years ago, members of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) — mostly youth in their early 20s — rose in revolt against the government.
Nobody could have predicted the remarkable remoulding of family dynamics and socioeconomic paradigms the COVID-19 pandemic brought about.
For a long time, a few villages in Sri Lanka’s North Central and Uva provinces struggled to sustain their livelihoods from a scarcity of water. In recent years, a few organisations came forward to solve the problem through a much-needed water replenishment project. Here’s how they went about it.
Sri Lanka commenced public distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines in late January. The first consignment that was donated from India arrived on 28 January, and the first phase of the rollout went to those working on the frontlines of pandemic control: healthcare workers and officers of the military and police.
“This is a moment in history where we are witnessing the rise of extreme nationalisms in many parts of the world, whereas the reality is that what we identify as our own is often a composite of flows that perhaps even predate written history,” says Colomboscope 2021 curator Anushka Rajendran, explaining the relevance of this year’s festival concept: Language is Migrant.
Ashcharya Peiris Jayakody, Sri Lanka’s first visually-impaired fashion designer and founder of fashion brand Christiana Glory, made great strides on the global stage when she was included in the BBC 100 Women list for 2019. She was the only Sri Lankan to be included in the list which celebrates inspiring women from across the globe.
Last year, Roar celebrated International Women’s Day by bringing to attention some significant issues women in our country continue to face. Despite sustained efforts by lobbyists and activists, Sri Lankan women continue to endure power imbalances, discrimination, and marginalisation across communities and industries.
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