‘SAAKSHI’ an exhibition of paintings depicting violence against women.

• To create general awareness of this subtle form of discrimination that affects more than half the Sri Lankan population
• To be involved in an activity promoting non-violence in post-war Sri Lanka, forming a part of the 16 day activism beginning from 25th November (Violence against Women’s Day) and Human Rights Day.
• To sensitise policy makers, Parliamentarians, Media, School Children and the general public on the scourge of Gender Based Violence (GBV) and the need to provide immediate solutions to this.

Paintings for this exhibition will be done by two artists who happen to be a mother and a daughter:

1. Marini de Livera – a Human Rights Trainer, Feminist Lawyer/ Human Rights Activist, Artist and Book Illustrator who has had three Art Exhibitions before. She has illustrated a number of books including the ‘The Living World’ –a book published under the British Council GELT Project. Her paintings are also displayed at the Library of the Parliament of Sri Lanka, Attorney-General’s Department and in the Auditorium of Women’s Education and Research Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
She won an award at a Mascot Competition which was organised by the Ministry of Health in the Republic of Seychelles in 1993.
She has conducted Art Programmes for Ex-combatants who were rehabilitated in Ambepussa in 2009.
2.Sindhu de Livera- is a 19 year old school leaver awaiting A/Level Results. She intends to study law and pursue a career in International Human Rights. She is a Public Speaker, Debater and Artist. At present she works for Women Defining Peace-A CIDA Project and also designs and markets Batik clothes done by tsunami-affected women.
Sindhu conducts painting workshops for children in the Colombo Municipality Orphanage.

The exhibition will be held in November 2011 to coincide with the 16 days of Activism to prevent Gender Based Violence.
Twenty paintings depicting loopholes in the law, problems relating to the implementation of legislation and the ineffectiveness of Mechanisms and institutions will be highlighted in the paintings.
On thousand desk calendars are to be printed with pictures of the paintings together with a description of what it depicts written by the artists and are to be distributed among Legislators, Judges, Academics and Community Leaders.

Follow-up activities:
The Organisers of this exhibition hope to have discussions with youth, activists, community leaders, academics and the legal profession on how to alleviate the problems relating to combating gender based violence which are highlighted in the paintings.

Timing and venue-
The Exhibition will be held for two days– 25th and 26th of November 2011.


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