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we are Sprouting everywhere though you cut the tree!

As I’m born in a society in which conservative ideas are embedded, it is becoming difficult create a real ideological change in them. Mostly it takes time. Many people are bound to extreme cultural, social and religious boundaries and want the others to obey themselves. The political leaders are following this madly and then it becomes a real problem which limits the freedom of public. The specific fields that I’m working women’s’ issues and ethnic integrity prove the hardships in collecting people together to direct towards a change. I’m doing my best to break language barrier between Sinhala and Tamil in my country which is a main reason for misunderstanding. Even the government is taking action for this. But the reaction of the public seems slow to go towards a stable change.

For that purpose I created my own twitter account, blog and a YouTube channel. Via the blog I’m bridging ethnic groups , and I’m planning to start free language lessons for both Sinhalese and Tamils, and via the You Tube channel I’m broadcasting Sinhala and Tamil documentaries, cultural performances, short films and much more. Fortunately the youth in my country are more interested in ethnic integrity and they tend to do creations regarding it. So via social media I publicize and share them. Even I write articles for a local English paper and then share my published articles via new media, which is interesting because the same article goes towards both audiences which use new media and which does not (there is a huge audience in my country which is ignorant of new media that should be addressed by other ways)

The other major problem I face is since I’m a “woman” people are not much ready to listen to me! I face lot of difficulties even like mocking when I’m reaching to an audience. One man told me women are expected to be so gentle and soft, and told I’m arrogant and strong which is not suitable for a girl. And he challenged me that I will also be like a typical Sri Lankan woman in future. I answered him that, because of becoming gentle, women failed throughout the history, and no longer are we meek and feeble.
Another thing I’m mostly doing is especially via the social media (Face Book and Twitter) I’m working as a bridge maker of my Tamil and Sinhala friends.

Using world pulse is a bless for me. I’m feeling others’ warmth towards me which is miraculous. I met the ladies who are with same interests and same wishes that are with me, and we promised each other that we all can go the success and change the world. I posted a need “regarding a project of giving IT knowledge to the rural women in Sri Lanka” that I’m planning to initiate and I received many replies, specially a lady from Uganda replied me who is doing the same project , and who is ready to share her experiences with me.

Comments

Adepeju's picture

Hello madu

It's not uncommon for men to refer to women who have taken up the task of speaking up against gender inequalities as arrogant. I like your reply to the man in your write up. Keep believing in your dreams, keep acting to turn them into reality.

MaduRathnayaka's picture

Thnx for da encouraging words

Yes these type of ppl are common in the society and we have to change their thinking making them understanding.

Madu

Stella Paul's picture

All the very best!

I am happy to know you have been using social media to bridge the communal gap. I have observed that social media garners responses much faster and for a user, it demands less effort. Do you use hootsuite? If you use FB and Twitter multiple times a day, Hootsuite is an excellent option because its a great launchpad - you can type something and click the website you want it to go and its done!

Anyway, coming back to the core of your story, I can sense that you are a strong woman and I wish you lots of success, which you truly deserve!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

nicolestewart's picture

Keep Sprouting

Stella, wonderful to see your demonstration of bringing creative solution to the table. Keep working with where the energy is flowing (the youth) and those that are inspired to support your vision. One by one as you plant your seeds they will eventually begin to sprout and grow to the point of no return. I admire you for speaking your truth even when others are not willing to listen.

All the best on your journey,

Nicole Stewart

ccontreras's picture

Inspirational!

I think it's amazing what you are doing so many different things to unite the Tamil and Sinhalese cultures. I think it's very amazing that you are using social networking for something so positive and I am sure that you will get a really good turnout. I found it interesting that you mentioned that young people are interested in cultural integrity. It's amazing to see how times are changing and see how young people are more open to change. I wish you the best in your quest! I want to read more about your journey! :D

"I embrace emerging experience. I am a butterfly. Not a butterfly collector." - Stafford

MaduRathnayaka's picture

Thnak you so much ccontreras

When such comments come from sisters like it is absolutely making me go forward more strongly. Yes I'll share each and every step.

MaduRathnayaka's picture

Stella!!!!

Thnx for your precious words, and now I'm using Hootsuite. Wonderful !!
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