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A Voice for the Voiceless

I have over 18 years of experience in media, humanitarian and peace building communications.

My journalism career started at a weekly English newspaper as a reporter and after two years I joined Young Asia Television where I worked as supervising producer for two magazine format programs (two local languages) that featured issues and concerns of war-affected communities as well as peace initiatives based on an overarching editorial agenda to promote conflict resolution in their subtexts. These weekly programs also gave space for discussion and debate on democracy, rule of law and human rights related issues and concerns resulting in and from escalated conflict. All contents grew out of a very challenging environment for media freedom and freedom of expression as the country was on “war footing” for a good majority of this period. Countless reporting assignments to conflict-affected areas not only opened my eyes to the plight of the civilian population, but also inspired me to become an advocate for the rights of affected -communities. Since then, I have used different media and advocacy platforms to seek improvements in the lives of war-affected vulnerable groups such as women, children and displaced families.

Sri Lanka transition’s towards democracy after 30 years of war is proving to be ill-planned and incoherent; four years after the war ended, we are yet to put in place a national framework of reconciliation articulating how the country envisions to unite a deeply-divided society and establish peace.

Women in my country have largely been excluded from national and local level post-war development and peace initiatives despite the empowering roles and responsibilities they performed throughout war. During the height of war women risked their lives and worked hard to keep their families alive and maintain peace in their communities. Hardly have been the initiatives to build on women’s leadership experiences and recognize their potential as mediators and peace builders. In different online and offline forums I advocate for the urgent priority to enhance women’s social capital to build peace and reduce community violence and engage them in decision making that affect their lives, particularly as we are witnessing an escalation of localized tensions between different religious groups.

I left my full-time job in mid 2010 to do a MA in Conflict and Peace Studies offered by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo. I am about to submit my thesis on the role social media in contemporary social movements with a case study of Egypt’s contemporary social movement scenario.

With increased awareness of the potential of online networks for movement building and non-violent collective action, I now want to create an online platform for women in my country to share their narratives of courage, unwavering commitment and determination to keep the peace in their villages and communities. And help them to start networking with millions of other women across the globe that have experienced violent conflicts to learn from their post-war peace building experiences as they continue silently their struggle for peace.


Aminah's picture

you sure are the voice

Looks like a very noble cause. I wish you success in your endeavor and I have a feeling you will be very successful in getting women aboard, with your determination and your educational background you are set to roll the boat.

Good luck



Sulo39's picture

Hi Aminah, Ever so grateful

Hi Aminah,

Ever so grateful for your feedback.



Sharontina's picture


I can see a woman of wonderful calibre in you. A high profile lady putting herself into a crisis intervention. your country needs you dear. needs your voice. Keep sharing and fighting. We are here for you.


Merlin Sharontina

Sulo39's picture

Thank you!

Thank you very much for your words of encouragement and support. Glad to be able to connect and draw support and inspiration from all you wonderful sisters out there.

Sharontina's picture


Welcome dear anytime! Glad to know you and thanks to WP.


Merlin Sharontina

Carmen's picture

I respect and admire your

I respect and admire your deep knowledge of the issues facing your country. Thank you for enlightening us. It is important to understand the structures at work.

You are doing great work.


Sulo39's picture

Thank you!

Thank you, Carmen.

Falchemist's picture

Not for long

With a commitment and a voice as strong as yours, Sulo, the women of Sri Lanka are no longer silent in their struggle for peace. And when you speak up for Sri Lanka, you speak up for the women of all the world. Thank you for the work you do.

As you note, women have a significant role to play in peace-making at all levels, and peace-keeping would be facilitated if women were supported in making their contributions before tensions could develop into conflict.

I look forward to following the development of your idea.

Shirley Osborne

Sulo39's picture

Thank you!

Thanks, Shirley.Its good to know that I am now able to draw on a large network of women like you to share ideas, plan together and seek advice from.Thanks for being there.


Nkuli123's picture

Dear Sulo, I enjoyed reading

Dear Sulo,
I enjoyed reading your story about the contribution you are making to empower women in Sri Lanka. I am inspired and motivated to do more for my community by just reading such stories of how women from other countries are making a meaningful contribution to change the lives of others, not only in advocacy, policy formulation, media etc. but also in conducting research to contribute to the change we want to see. You have a clear vision of what you want to do and the support from World Pulse will enable you to broadcast your message to our online community globally. Looking forward to read more of your stories in the coming weeks. Thank you!

Sulo39's picture

Thank you!

It is so wonderful to know that I am in the great company of beautiful women like you who not only take the trouble to read posts, but also provide very valuable feed back to motivate individuals like me. I am so glad to be part of this network.


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