Randika Jayasinghe: Finding community-based solutions for waste management
Activists / Researchers / Scientists / The Sunday Times

Randika Jayasinghe: Finding community-based solutions for waste management

There are few people who know their way around a Sri Lankan garbage dump as well as Dr.Randika Jayasinghe. However, while you might expect the research scientist to be studying landfill composition or whether toxins are leaching into the groundwater, Randika is actually more interested in talking to the communities in the area. “I look … Continue reading

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