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Shyamala Gomez

Shyamala Gomez is the Executive Director of Centre for Equality and Justice (CEJ). She is a lawyer with two decades of experience in gender and women’s rights. She has researched and published extensively on violence against women, masculinities, rights of migrant workers, land rights of women, women and politics, and women, peace and security. She was the Country Director of FOKUS WOMEN and her illustrious career spans across organisations such as United Nations, International Labour Organisation, and Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions. In this interview with Women Talk, Shyamala discusses her work in a gender space, her journey into women’s rights and law, the findings of CEJ’s study on sexual bribery, the disparities between laws and implementation, the significance of joint co-ownership of land for women, and bringing gender as a vital component into the pedagogy of law. Continue reading Shyamala Gomez

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Dr Sepali Kottegoda

Dr Sepali Kottegoda is the Executive Director of the Women and Media Collective. She has decades of experience working on women’s rights and gender in Sri Lanka. In this interview with Women Talk, Sepali reflects on the formative years of the women’s movement in Sri Lanka and discusses reconciliation, political representation, unpaid care work, and sexuality education through a women’s rights lens. Continue reading Dr Sepali Kottegoda

Maureen Ernest

Maureen Ernest is a medical doctor, an activist, and a writer. In this interview with Women Talk, Maureen talks about how her own past and personal story drove her to become an activist fighting against and creating awareness on domestic violence, how she discovered herself through writing, and why she is on a quest as a healed healer, sharing her story to inspire other women who have undergone violence. Continue reading Maureen Ernest

Sarah Soysa

Sarah Soysa has been committed to working on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) since she volunteered at the Family Planning Association as a university student. She continues her challenging work as an SRHR educator, a feminist, and an advocate for women’s rights. In this interview, Sarah talks about working on SRHR in the plantations sector and postwar areas, access to accurate information on safe medical abortion, myths surrounding the discourse on women’s bodies and abortion, and training thousands of youth as peer educators on SRHR. Continue reading Sarah Soysa

Paba Deshapriya

Paba Deshapriya discusses the challenging work she does in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights education in Sri Lanka. In this interview with Women Talk, Paba discusses how theatre can be used to inform young people and the increasing need for education to eliminate online hate and revenge targeting young people’s sexuality, bodies, and privacy. Continue reading Paba Deshapriya