The pink tuk-tuks of Sri Lanka empowering and protecting women
Activists / Aid Workers / Al Jazeera

The pink tuk-tuks of Sri Lanka empowering and protecting women

Southern Province, Sri Lanka – Lochana is 10 years old. Every morning, he gets up and lights an incense stick, which he places in a three-wheeled auto-rickshaw parked outside the family home in Sri Lanka‘s coastal Southern Province.  The vehicle is a bright shade of pink and as the fragrant smoke fills the interior, Lochana says a … Continue reading

Lawyers and activists urge Sri Lanka to ban genital cutting
Activists / Doctors / Healthcare professionals / Researchers / Reuters

Lawyers and activists urge Sri Lanka to ban genital cutting

COLOMBO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Lawyers and activists representing a group of Sri Lankan women who were subjected to female genital cutting as children will meet the justice minister on Wednesday to urge a ban on the ritual. The minister called for a meeting after the women spoke out against the tradition which is practiced … Continue reading

Butter knife or sharp blade? Either way, FGM survivors in Sri Lanka want it to stop
Activists / Doctors / Healthcare professionals / Reuters

Butter knife or sharp blade? Either way, FGM survivors in Sri Lanka want it to stop

COLOMBO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When her daughter turned seven, and it was time for the “khatna” – a female genital mutilation (FGM) ritual – a close friend advised Naqiyah to try the butter knife method. A trusted doctor in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo would simply run a blunt knife against little Tanzeem’s vagina, … Continue reading

Through the eyes of a pioneering forensic architect
Activists / Architects / Falling Walls Science Journalism Fellow / The Sunday Times

Through the eyes of a pioneering forensic architect

Today, Prof. Eyal Weizman will deliver the 18th Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust Lecture at BMICH. Its open to all, and you should go. From experience, I can tell you that Weizman’s work is both provocative and significant. We met when the Israeli professor was a speaker at the Falling Walls conference in Berlin. The conference is … Continue reading