எந்தவொரு மோதலையும் அனுபவிப்பதானது கண்ணுக்குப் புலப்படாத மற்றும் ஆழமான வடுக்களை விட்டுச் செல்கின்றன. கலாசாரம், மதம் மற்றும் பயம் என்பவற்றால் மூழ்கடிக்கப்பட்டுள்ள இவ்வடுக்கள் மறைக்கப்பட்டுள்ளன. இதனைக் குணப்படுத்துவதற்கு இலங்கையில் என்ன செய்ய வேண்டும்? நாம் அடுத்தகட்டத்திற்குச் செல்வதனை எவ்வாறு ஆரம்பிக்க முடியும்? நாட்டில் முரண்பாடு மற்றும் பால்நிலை அடிப்படையிலான வன்முறைகளால் பாதிக்கப்பட்டவர்கள் இதைத்தான் கூற வேண்டும்.
Experiencing any form of conflict leaves deep, invisible scars. Swallowed by culture, religion, and fear these scars are kept hidden. What will it take for healing in Sri Lanka? How can we start moving forward? This is what victim survivors of conflict and gender based violence in the country have to say.
ඕනෑම ආකාරයක ගැටුමක් අත්විඳීමෙන් ගැඹුරු, නොපෙනෙන කැළැල් ඇති වේ. ගිලගත් සංස්කෘතිය, ආගම සහ භීතිය විසින් මෙම කැළැල් සඟවා තබා ඇත. ශ්රී ලංකාවේ සුවය වෙනුවෙන් අවශ්ය වන්නේ කුමක්ද? අපට ඉදිරියට යා හැක්කේ කෙසේද? අප රටේ ගැටුම් හා ස්ත්රී පුරුෂ සමාජභාවය පදනම් කරගත් ප්රචණ්ඩත්වයෙන් දිවි ගලවාගත්වුවන්ට ප්රකාශ කරන්නට ඇත්තේ මෙයයි.
In October 2019 we took Mahadanamuththa and his friends across Anuradhapura and Kurunegala to talk about the issue of Sexual Bribery. With the assistance of the Women’s Resource Centre Kurunegala and the Rajarata Praja Kendraya, over 1000 women came to see what Mahadanamuththa and the gang had to say. #StopSexualBribery
CEJ conducted workshops with women from different communities in Sri Lanka to share their perspectives and experiences of the war. The workshops were a space to grieve, recall memories and aspire to achieve more tangible, meaningful outcomes from the transitional justice mechanisms in Sri Lanka. Their work was later complied into an album or memories and displayed in a traveling exhibition in four cities: Galle, Batticaloa, Polonnaruwa and Mannar.
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.