Radhika Hettiarachchi

Radhika Hettiarachchi is a development practitioner, arts curator, and researcher who has worked extensively in the areas of reconciliation, peace, and conflict. In this interview with Women Talk, Radhika talks about the significance of the Herstories and the Community Memorialisation Project that curate and archive narratives of resilience and hope in times of war and peace in Sri Lanka. The projects draw on the forms of letter writing, memory mapping, trees of life, multimedia, arts, and exhibitions to document and share oral narratives of women and communities that otherwise may have vanished from history. Continue reading Radhika Hettiarachchi


Sulochana Peiris

Sulochana Peiris shares her experiences of making documentaries on women, peace, and security in Sri Lanka and other parts of Asia. In this interview with Women Talk, she discusses what it is like to have captured the untold stories of women affected by the 30-year long civil war in Sri Lanka. She also reveals how Yoga has become an inspirational and inseparable part of her life. Continue reading Sulochana Peiris

Amalini De Sayrah

Amalini De Sayrah is a photo journalist passionate about social issues. Her photography projects capture diverse social themes, such as reconciliation, women headed households in the North, food cultures, mental health, and urban development. In this interview with Women Talk, Amalini talks about her photo journalism work, her work at the Centre for Policy Alternatives, the role of social media platforms in engaging young photographers, and how she sees travel as an opportunity to look at the society around her through a humanistic lens. Continue reading Amalini De Sayrah

Sumika Perera

Sumika Perera has been a social activist, working on peace, democracy, gender, and women’s rights in Sri Lanka for over 25 years. In this interview with Women Talk, Sumika talks about how her journey began with joining the farmers’ rights movements in the 1980s, her involvement with the women’s movement in Sri Lanka, and her own experiences of having to face political violence during the late 1980s. She also reflects on how she set up the Women’s Resource Centre, a prominent women’s rights organisation that works with grassroots communities in the Kurunegala district of Sri Lanka. Continue reading Sumika Perera