A voice for the Yarra from source to sea: The first female riverkeeper of the Birrarung steps up
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A voice for the Yarra from source to sea: The first female riverkeeper of the Birrarung steps up

As befitting a riverkeeper, Charlotte Sterrett lives just three doors down from the waters she watches over. On a warm, clear day, there’s a swimming hole in the Yarra (Birrarung) river she likes to go to with her daughter, partner, and dog. The bank there isn’t too steep, and the current is gentle. The air … Continue reading

100 years later, these racist postcards are being ‘returned to sender’ by a Wiradjuri artist
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100 years later, these racist postcards are being ‘returned to sender’ by a Wiradjuri artist

When the tip shops closed during COVID-19, Karla Dickens turned to eBay. For decades, the artist of Wiradjuri heritage has incorporated discarded or recycled objects into her mixed-media installations and sculptural collages. She re-contextualises the objects by adding layers of drawing, painting or embroidery as a form of commentary and reframes the narrative for contemporary … Continue reading

Wings: the story of the Sunera Foundation
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Wings: the story of the Sunera Foundation

 ‘Here, the legless walked tall; the blind pointed that we may see; the armless embraced us warmly and those in their wheelchairs told us of the wheels of life, of this spinning world and how they could steer over the rainbow where they, the butterflies would waft on wings of art and song.’ –          Carl … Continue reading

Perspectives: Reflecting on five decades of sexual and reproductive health and rights in Sri Lanka
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Perspectives: Reflecting on five decades of sexual and reproductive health and rights in Sri Lanka

In her introduction to Perspectives (which I wrote for the United Nations Population Fund to mark 50 years of their work in Sri Lanka) Ritsu Nacken the County Representative for UNFPA Sri Lanka explains what the publication sets out to do: “This year, 2019, marks two important milestones in the field of reproductive health globally: 50 years … Continue reading

A Living Memorial: Remembering Neelan Tiruchelvam
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A Living Memorial: Remembering Neelan Tiruchelvam

July 29, 1999. Vasuki Nesiah was on her way to meet Neelan Tiruchelvam when she heard he would not be able to keep their appointment. As his course assistant, Vasuki had been working with Neelan, helping him to prepare for a constitutional law class that considered how the Tamil epic Silapadikaram and the Greek tragedy Antigone could be ‘sources’ … Continue reading

Resettlements in Colombo: Going up in life or coming down?
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Resettlements in Colombo: Going up in life or coming down?

When Dr. Asha Abeyasekera spoke to a woman named Rojani in 2018, she heard that Rojani’s family had lived in 219 Watte since the 1950s. Rojani’s father had even been given a house-ownership card, issued by then President Premadasa’s government. “She had this whole file, though she was illiterate, she had kept these documents and … Continue reading