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Sachini Perera

Sachini is a Sri Lankan activist currently based in Malaysia. She has a background in law, journalism and international relations and has worked in strategic communications and advocacy for feminist and women’s rights organizations for the past 9 years. Her work has spanned across local, national, regional and global levels and has given her an understanding of why knowledge, information and advocacy should be two-way across these various levels and how this should be facilitated, including through communications. Sachini has carried out various campaigns against gender-based violence in Sri Lanka and set up online platforms to bring together Sri Lankan women bloggers while working with the Women and Media Collective. Most recently she was a Senior Programme Officer at the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW), doing communications and advocacy with a focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). She worked with many partner organizations across Asia-Pacific and the Global South and along with them advocated for the full inclusion of SRHR during the intergovernmental negotiations that led to the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals. She has now joined the team at the International Women’s Rights Action Watch (IWRAW) Asia Pacific and is also piloting projects for feminist and women’s rights groups in Sri Lanka with a particular emphasis on groups that remain the margins of the women’s movement for various reasons.

In depth

How Tiktok is a platform for performance and play for women in Sri Lanka

Posted Fri 10 May 2019 - 13:47 | 975 views

Tiktok is a wildly popular short video platform and has led to a myriad form of creative and playful expressions. This article explores the videos from Ceylon in relation to heteronormativity, gender, and how the boundaries between the personal and public are blurred.

Image description: "This video has been deleted but other videos are exciting too."

Feminist talk

What do women’s rights have to do with the SDGs and the Internet?

Posted Tue 1 Aug 2017 - 06:31 | 2,447 views
The sustainable development goals explicitly mention gender equality, yet how will this be achieved and how is this linked to the potentially transformative role that ICTs could play. If the SDGs are going to use ICTs as a vehicle to achieve the goals then we need to use an intersectional and multi-pronged approach to ensure that women, girls and other marginalized groups are not left behind.