Zubaan and MIDS
invite you to a seminar on
Sexual Violence and Impunity in South Asia: The Search for Justice in Sri Lanka
Wednesday, 29 June 2016, from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
MIDS, II Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, Chennai
A three year project on Sexual Violence and Impunity in South Asia, led by a group of nine advisors from five countries (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka), resulted in a wonderful compilation. The 8 volumes that have emerged out of this effort examine a range of issues: from examining the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war in times of internal and external conflict to interrogating the prosecution of rape trails in South Asia; from looking at the ways in which women survive and engage with questions of law, evidence, and the courts to considering the issues they have to confront at the level of family and community. This seminar addresses these issues in the context of Sri Lanka – drawing from the volume, The Search for Justice: The Sri Lanka Papers.
10.00-11.00 – Opening Session
Opening Remarks – V. Geetha
Setting the Context: Patriarchy and Sexual Violence in Tamil Society – S. Anandhi, MIDS
Introducing the Impunity Study - Urvashi Butalia, Zubaan
11.00-11.15 – Tea
Armed Conflict and the Pursuit of Justice: Chulani Kodikara and Sarala Emmanuel with Ponni Arasu & V.
12.30-1.15 – Discussions
1.15 - 2. 30 Lunch
2.30-3.45 – ‘The Messy Walk to Freedom: Seeking Survival Seeking Justice’
Panel Discussion with Sumathi Sivamohan and Rohini Mohan; Coordinated by Kalpana Karunakaran
3.45-4.15 - Questions
4.15-4.30 - Concluding remarks from Navsharan Singh, IDRC.