Shimali Perera

Shimali Perera is an Art Psychotherapist, using art to heal adults and children who experience depression, anxiety disorders, stress, abuse, and trauma. She is a Master’s graduate of Art Therapy from Goldsmith’s College, University of London and a registered Art Psychotherapist of the Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association (ANZATA). She also has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA. In this interview with Women Talk, Shimali talks about how art is becoming increasingly significant in therapeutic work and what it means to use drawing and expression for healing. Continue reading Shimali Perera


Bernadine Anderson

Bernadine Anderson is the founder and director of La Petite Fleur schools in Sri Lanka. Fondly known as Aunty Bernie by children, staff, and parents alike, she is a passionate educationist and an advocate of social justice. To the inclusive La Petite Fleur schools, children with special needs are exceptional learners. In this interview, Bernadine talks about the significance of inclusive education, the unique needs-based curriculum at the school, and creating the same rights towards educational opportunities for all children alike. Continue reading Bernadine Anderson

Nalini Ratnarajah

Nalini Ratnarajah is a human rights activist and a feminist, who has dedicated decades of her life, advocating for gender equality, justice, and peace. In this interview, Nalini talks about her challenging journey as an activist and human rights defender. She discusses women’s participation in politics, her own experiences in contesting parliamentary elections, the need of contextualising transitional justice processes, and issues relating to female ex-combatants in the East. Continue reading Nalini Ratnarajah

Vanee Surendranathan

Vanee Surendranathan has over two decades of experience working in the NGO sector. Her specialties focus on community mental health and disability. In this interview, she talks about the significance of community approaches for mental health, issues relating to mental health and the ageing population of Sri Lanka, and the need of paying attention to mental health issues within reconciliation and transitional justice processes. Continue reading Vanee Surendranathan