Month: April 2019

Does She Travel Safe?

by Surangika Jayarathne

“ I was about 14 years old when I was sexually harassed in a bus for the very first time. I was traveling on a bus with a friend after school for the first time. We were excited as this was a little adventurous for us. The excitement did not last any longer. I noticed…



How Social Media Is Romanticizing Child Marriage in Indonesia

by Dea Safira Basori

Last year in July, Indonesian netizens were shocked by an Instagram post that showed a 15-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy posing together as a bride and groom. The photo was taken at a village in South Kalimantan province of Indonesia. The two teenagers were married after they met at a night market. Two months later, in…



The more you refuse to hear our voice – The louder we will sing

by Surangika Jayarathne

“The higher you build your barriers The taller I become The farther you take my rights away The faster I will run You can deny me You can decide to turn your face away No matter, cos there’s Something inside so strong” Human rights are universal and egalitarian. Thus, each and every human being is…



Why we need to redefine what being a woman and strong is in South Asian societies

by Ruwandi

Women are weak and exist to be subdued by men. These are the things I learned as a kid as I saw my mother get emotionally and physically abused by my father. Both of them were university graduates. My dad was a businessman while my mum was a housewife so she could take care of…