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Month 3 - Op-ed idea: searching for your views again!

Hi Ladies,

I've been racking my brains to think of an issue that i can write on with passion and knowledge, and i've finally settled on this: the culture of violence that took root in sri lanka during the last 27 years of war has resulted in a dramatic increase in violence against women too.

Now the war is officially over, but there are no signs that abuse of women is going down. Have we reached a point of no return in our culture of violence - is this a legacy of war that we are doomed to inherit, generation after generation? And will this be women's lot in Sri Lanka?

I say No, and i want to use the op-ed to put forward my viewpoint that this is a crucial time to turn the tide on violence - violence of all sorts, but especially the violence against women and children.

Would this make a suitable op-ed subject? It's not something new, as violence against women has been written about over & over.

I would so welcome your feedback.

Hugs to you all,



Nusrat Ara's picture

I think it is going to turn

I think it is going to turn out well. :)



Manori's picture


Hey! Thanks for the quick reply.

You think its not too hacked a subject? every country seems to be grappling with this issue of violence against women, as i realise from reading the blogs on Pulse. I'm not sure if SL's situation is so special, but its such a huge issue - over 60% of SL women are estimated to have suffered violence of some sort at least once in their lives i read last year and that was such a horrifying figure for me.

Thanks for giving me feedback!


Nusrat Ara's picture

The fact that it still

The fact that it still happens makes it a big issue enough. we need to do something about it. It has to stop.


stella Ndugire- Mbugua's picture

Hey girl....

I think its a brilliant idea. I'm thinking about writing something similar though more domestic related. Your angle may be very different from mine, but the issue hits home and affect all of us in some way.

I wish you well at it. I know you will do great!!


Stella Ndugire- Mbugua
ICS- Africa

Arda's picture

Yes Yes Yes

I'm actually looking forward to this one as I've been trying to understand more about the conflict in Sri Lanka recently and to tell you the truth, I am still not grasping it very well. Of course there are different sources to get the news from; different books that give information, but to be honest with you, having the story told from a woman voice IN pulsewire makes it a more trustworthy source for me!

I agree that it's a great idea...and I'm looking forward to read it!

All the best,

Leslie's picture

Not new but yes new

Although you're right that writing about women's plights and violence against them is nothing new, this point in time is. This melding of post-war, present generation and current poltics will never be repeated. So in that sense, writing about the current sitution in the current time can never be duplicated.

And some topics are always compelling, regardless of how many times they're written about, readers want to read about them - the whole train wreck analogy.

I think as long as you focuse on your stated viewpoint -- this is a crucial time to turn the tide on violence -- your piece will be strong. Good luck.


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