Rossana Karunaratna

Rossana Karunaratna

Rossana has 25 years of experience working with civil society, government agencies, higher education institutions and international organisations in Peru, her country of birth and in Sri Lanka as tutor and consultant. Her areas of expertise include peace building and conflict transformation, human rights, gender (women’s rights and domestic violence), state-civil society relationships and inter-marriage and citizenship. She lives in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Peru: Will a Woman Make a Difference?

    Writing about the upcoming Presidential elections in Peru carries numerous emotions. There is a countless list of demands and needs of a population that is affected by daily violence and corruption and tired of the same old songs. Will a woman make a difference? To start with,  the National...
  • A Real Engagement of Men Is Possible

    Is a real engagement of men possible in order to transform gender relations and eradicate violence against women? The patriarchal constructions of manhood have been based in how a society expects men to behave and to prove they are “real men”. These attitudes are reinforced by notions of masculinity...
  • Violence in the City

    Exclusive surroundings are being created  in Colombo and other main cities of Sri Lanka. Ads of apartments and housing schemes with English names describe peaceful and beautiful landscapes. As we see these new constructions appearing rapidly in the urban scenario, we don’t dedicate much time or planning to reflect...
  • To Remember or not? That is the Dilemma

    A few days ago I had the opportunity to watch the play “Villa” written by acclaimed Chilean playwright and director Guillermo Calderon. This unique intercultural theatrical collaboration was coordinated by Indika Senanayake, Sri Lankan actress and theater-maker based in New York. Their collaboration brought this play to life in...
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    Nothing but PRIDE in Sri Lanka

    19th July 2015 was a day to remember in Sri Lanka. A music video of the song “Nothing but Pride” was launched at the Auditorium of the Goethe Institute in Colombo. In a country where homosexuality is still considered a crime, the song celebrates diversity and equality encouraging the...
  • The Wheel of Respect

    Bogota , the capital of Colombia, is the place to go if you love cycling. The city is visited by hundreds of people each year who come to experience the infrastructure of 376 kilometers of CicloRutas and acitivities like the Car Free Day, the Sunday Ciclovía and the Night...
  • The Amazing Racist

    In January, Hachette India released a book called “the Amazing Racist”, by new author Chhimi Tenduf-La, who has been described as an extraordinary talent in the South Asian literary scene. The book tells the story of an english school teacher who arrives in Colombo and falls in love with...
  • Dancing for Social Change

    Kandyan dance, considered the national dance of Sri Lanka, originated in the period of the Kandyan kings, from Kandy, as the name suggests, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka. There are five variations or types of the Kandyan Dance, namely Ves Dance, Naiyandi Dance, Uddekki Dance, Pantheru Dance...
  • Murals in Peru

    An Art that doesn’t last: “Murals are born as a kind of art that comes from the street, and as a consequence it is not an art that is made to last, that is what I understand. It’s a marginal art, graffiti, that allows certain individuals to express themselves...
  • Maldives: The Dark Side of Politics

    The world has been shocked by images of former Maldivian President Mohammed Nasheed being dragged by the police after his detention was ordered in relation to his decision to arrest a top judge three years ago. He was pushed, treated like a criminal and subjected to rude behavior by...
  • Healing the social fabric of Sri Lanka

    On 8th January 2015 Sri Lankans elected a new President, putting an end to a ten years government that has been described as the most authoritarian and corrupt of the history of the country. After a peaceful and speedy transition of power the elected president Maithripala Sirisena, who led a...