Kajimawatte: Paying A Price For Urban Development
The winding road to Kajimawatte is not paved with cobblestones. On either side of the road are piles and piles of garbage; Kajimawatte borders a garbage dump in which waste collected from the major Grandpass areas is dumped.
How We Can Solve Youth Unemployment
Sri Lanka’s youth are struggling with a growing rate of unemployment, and certain segments of the population have it harder than the rest.
Here’s How We Can Work Towards Care Equality
For centuries, the gender disparity of Unpaid Care Work has been trivialised and ignored. Now, it is finally getting the recognition it deserves. Solving this issue requires better systems, policies, and education – and it all begins with awareness.
Why Should You Care About Unpaid Care Work?
You’ve heard of the term ‘Unpaid Care Work’, but do you know what it really means?
Even today, it is women who perform 75% of all Unpaid Care Work around the world – four times more than men. Care work is more than just household chores, and this disproportionate distribution is affecting the lives of women and girls more than you’d think.
Here’s everything you need to know about what Unpaid Care Work entails.
What Is Long COVID And How Can You Beat It?
From brain fog to fatigue, and body aches, living with long COVID is no walk in the park. But, thanks to continued research about this condition, we now understand more on how to mitigate it. Here are some key steps that can help neutralise the effects of long COVID in daily life.
It’s Time To Recognise The Value Of Unpaid Care Work
Did you know that if valued on the basis of a minimum hourly wage, the annual global financial value of unpaid care work would be a whopping $10.8 trillion?
Globally, women perform 75% of all unpaid care work, four times more than men. But care work is real work; it deserves to be recognised, rewarded, and above all, redistributed, to ensure that women do not continue to carry the disproportionate burden.
Can You Guess Their Hustle? Women In Unconventional Careers
This #IWD2022, ask yourself a question: would you have guessed these professions at first glance?
Breaking through the glass ceiling is no easy feat, but here are five Sri Lankan women who have defied stereotypes and made their mark in unique professions that are considered unconventional for women, even today.
Daredevils Of Death: Sri Lanka’s Carnival Stuntmen
The travelling circus arrived in stages, one show at a time, to the public playground in Nedimala, Dehiwala, two days prior to the main event. First came the merry-go-round, with its bedazzled pink-and-white horses. Then the numerous food stalls for the usual fair fare; fried potato, cassava chips, popcorn and candyfloss.
Debunking Every Covid Vaccine Myth You’ve Heard
The fight against the COVID-19 pandemic has been a long one, and vaccinations have been one of the most effective tools available in our arsenal thus far. There are, however, a lot of myths and misinformation surrounding these vaccines. We spoke to Epidemiologist, Dr. Dinu Guruge, who helped debunk some of these myths, and provide us with evidence as to why vaccines are one of the most effective ways to end the pandemic.
“Dear Hiruni, Do You Remember Us?”
Hiruni Wanniarachchi has been missing since 26 December 2004, the day the Indian Ocean Boxing Day tsunami hit Sri Lanka’s coast. The then seven-year-old was travelling with her parents and sister, seven years her senior, on the Matara Express, the Galle-bound train that was caught in the disaster. For over 17 years now, Hiruni’s parents — who believe she is alive — did everything to find her. But with nearly two decades passed with no new information or evidence of her existence, the weary family is giving up their search.
Clearing The Last Of Sri Lanka’s Minefields
The effort to completely rid Sri Lanka of landmines and other unexploded weapons of war is still ongoing ten years after the end of its three decade long civil conflict. But now, with new aid from the Government and the international donor community, could the end finally be in sight?
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