Puppet show on 'Sexual Bribery of Women'
The project ‘Zero Tolerance for Sexual Exploitation of Women: A State Obligation’ addressed the issue of Sexual Bribery of women in the North, Sinhala military widows and Muslim women who have been affected by war with a view to influencing law and policy reform and to enable women victims to seek support services. In order to raise general awareness of Sexual bribery at the community level, CEJ organized a puppet show for communities in Kurunegala and Anuradhapura.
Reconciling Sri Lanka: 'What women say'
Reconciliation and Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka has been widely discussed in the post war context. However, it fails to address the views of women. This documentary which is the only one of its kind, adopts an inclusive approach documenting women’s views from all communities with regard to Memorialization, Reconciliation and Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka. It hopes to create awareness about the role of women in the Transitional Justice process.
Zero Tolerance for Sexual Exploitation of Women: A State Obligation
The end of the war in Sri Lanka has brought new challenges to women, especially for those in the former conflict zones. Incidents of ‘sexual exploitation and sexual bribery’ of women by state officials, semi state officials and the armed forces have surfaced and have been documented by media and human rights organizations. More often sexual exploitation takes the form of sexual bribery whereby government officials claim sexual favours from women in return for various government services. The Centre for Equality and Justice conducted a research study in the Northern, Eastern, North Central, North Western and Southern provinces of Sri Lanka and its findings were shared with the local community in the form of Forum theatre performances which successfully engaged the audience through role play providing them with an opportunity to actively think of ways to confront the issue of sexual bribery.
The Social Scar: Stigma Arising from Conflict Related Sexual Violence in Sri Lanka
Stigma is a concept that captures the negative perceptions that are generated through social, cultural and religious attitudes in a given community or wider society. Victims of conflict related sexual violence haven been identified as experiencing severe forms of stigma and due to this they rarely access essential services. Stigma pushes the victim in to a vicious and tragic cycle of violence. This video documentary is a concise representation of the findings of the study conducted by The Centre for Equality and Justice titled ‘The Social Scar: Stigma arising from conflict related sexual violence in Sri Lanka’ which addresses the compounding effects of stigma on the life of a victim survivor of conflict related sexual violence. It makes recommendations to National plans and policies and hopes to create public awareness and encourage empathetic support for survivors.
The Life I Used to Live: Realizing Reparations for Victim Survivors of Sexual Violence in Sri Lanka.
The ‘Life I used to Live’ is a video documentary capturing victim survivors’ views on reparations. The views expressed by male and female victims have been voiced over by actors in order to maintain their anonymity. CEJ will use this documentary to create awareness on conflict related sexual violence and the right to reparations for all victim survivors in transitional justice efforts in Sri Lanka.