Women Voice-out in Sri Lanka.

Women of Sri Lanka have always been heterogeneous. The multi-ethnic, multi – religious and multi-cultural environment, with international expatriates and tourists visiting the country in abundance has added to the diversified beliefs and living patterns of Sri Lanka’s population as a whole.

Sri Lankan societies are classified into different class systems based on their family background, lineage, education, wealth, and even at times on how conversant they are in speaking the English Language. Women from the upper or upper middle class societies have always had the privilege of loosening themselves from the old traditions and religious restrictions, and becoming prominent figures in the country.

The Feminine Touch on the Male-dominant Wheels

These days the streets of Colombo and its suburbs are caught by an aura of femininity, with females parking their Tuk – Tuks in the parking stands which had seen long years of male presence; and the wheels of several Taxis turned by female hands.

Tuk-Tuk as it is referred to by foreigners, or the Three-Wheeler as termed locally, is a very popular and convenient vehicle with three wheels. This vehicle is widely used mostly in India and Sri Lanka for transportation, and had always been driven by men for many decades.  Yet, during the recent past years, Sri Lankan women have stepped out of their traditional occupations, and have opted to drive the Tuk – Tuk as a means of earning.

‘They asked me to sing; and I sang’: Women face Sexual Harassment in Workplaces too

“They asked me to sing, and I sang; those in front of me seemed happy. They asked me to dance, and I did that too; they clapped their hands and laughed aloud. I felt ashamed of myself. Where was I, what was I doing in a room with total male strangers, who were the directors of a prominent IT company. I looked at my file, it was still closed; they knew nothing about my qualifications, they did not bother to ask. They thanked me for entertaining them to vile away their time. I thanked them for not inviting me to sleep with them to vile away their time. I was rejected for the job, and I had already known that when I saw my file not being touched.”

Women as Ambassadors for Mangrove Conservation

When women comprise half of the world’s population, it is very likely that women will be part of every aspect of the systems on this earth, also contributing to its collapses, and confronting the consequences that come along with it. Therefore it is important to understand that, women as part of this earth have their portion of contribution towards the environment and its conservation. But as it is in many other areas, the traditional gender roles of the society leave out of women from this area. Women on the other do not seem to mind it, as they are mostly unaware or ignorant of their role in protecting the environment.