EQUALGROUND Sri Lanka works for the social, political, civil and economic rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex and Questioning (LGBTIQ) community of Sri Lanka. Our work revolves around raising awareness and engaging in high level advocacy work that takes place domestically and internationally. We are on the lookout for bright and dynamic individuals who would like a career in advocating for LGBTIQ rights.
During our hiring process we will be focusing on the following competencies.
• Valuing Diversity and Inclusion
• Decision Making
• Problem Solving
• Work Ethic
Remuneration will depend on qualifications/experience at industry standard with EPF & ETF. Volunteers and Interns will be provided with a minimal travel stipend for days worked.
We are currently looking for:
We are currently recruiting individuals with experience in the field of Marketing for our Media and Communications Unit (MCU). The Marketing Manager is expected to Manage all marketing for the company and activities within the MCU department. Develop the marketing strategy for the organisation in line with the organisation’s objectives, coordinate marketing campaigns, plan and implement promotional campaigns. Oversee the publication of EQUALITY magazine and liaise with designers, printers and potential and current advertisers.
Qualifications & Requirements
• Preliminary Certificate in Marketing or a Diploma in Marketing or a Post Graduate diploma in Marketing
• Fluency in English (reading writing and speaking) is essential
• Fluency in either Tamil or Sinhala (reading writing and speaking) also essential
• Excellent communication, IT, budgeting and project management skills
• Strong time management skills – able to multitask, juggle multiple assignments over long periods, and meet all established deadlines
• Need to know how to develop legible, well-designed type. Knowledge of color theory is critical
• Sound knowledge of advertising
• Sound knowledge about Social Media platforms
• Have a knowledge of layouts and design (non technical)
• Understand and follow oral and written instructions
• Excellent administrative and coordination skills, with experience of working in a similar role, in a busy and fast paced environment
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office products (Word and Excel in particular)
• Storing initiative and ability to work under minimum of supervision
• Ability to multitask, working with several jobs simultaneously and to agreed deadlines.
• Interest in LGBTIQ issues
To apply, please email your CV with two non-related references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mention the job position you will be applying to in the subject.
EQUALGROUND would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very peaceful and happy holiday season. At the same time, we would like to thank you all for your support and your interest in the work we do to uphold freedom, justice and equality for the LGBTIQ community in Sri Lanka. Without the support of our donors, allies, well-wishers and community members, we would not be able to carry out our work successfully and impactfully. For this we are grateful!
2018 was a year filled with many success stories. One of the highlights of a very successful and the largest Pride celebration held to date in Sri Lanka, was the Abhimani Queer Film Festival. With support from and in collaboration with the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and Maldives, we launched the rebranded Abhimani European Film Festival for Colombo PRIDE 2018. Held over a period of 4 days, the festival featured films not only from all over Europe, but also from Tonga, Taiwan, Australia and India. Record breaking attendance at these screenings encouraged us and we are grateful to the EU Delegation for giving us this unique opportunity.
At the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in the UK in April, The Commonwealth Equality Network chaired by our Executive Director, successfully negotiated a very rocky path to gain more visibility, ensure raised voices and putting LGBTIQ issues squarely on the agenda at all discussions and forums at the Commonwealth Summit. Our lobbying with the Government of the UK culminated in the now very famous speech the PM made at the opening of the People’s Forum where she said; “Across the world, discriminatory laws made many years ago continue to affect the lives of many people, criminalising same-sex relations and failing to protect women and girls. I am all too aware that these laws were often put in place by my own country. They were wrong then, and they are wrong now. As the UK’s Prime Minister, I deeply regret both the fact that such laws were introduced, and the legacy of discrimination, violence and even death that persists today.” 2018 saw decriminalisation take place in Trinidad & Tobago and in India.
Toward the end of October 2018, we saw the country spiral into chaos and uncertainty as a constitutional coup dominated our everyday lives for almost 2 months. Disparaging homophobic remarks by the President against the Prime Minister he ousted illegally galvanized the LGBTIQ community to step out on the street in protest, not only with regard to the President’s ill-advised speech but also to demand democracy and good governance be restored in our island nation. This was a historical moment in the short history of the LGBTIQ movement. The Butterflies for Democracy – a group of LGBTIQ organisations and individual activists – took to the streets of Colombo on several occasions joining pro-democracy protests and holding their own protest as well. EQUALGROUND was proud and happy to play a part in organising and scheduling these protests. Thanks, should go to all our community members who not only showed up at the protest in numbers but also took time to create banners, placards and rainbow accoutrements to give our protest a truly ‘gay’ flare! Perhaps a PRIDE march is now a distinct possibility!
The Butterflies for Democracy will stand in solidarity along with allies, family and friends of the LGBTIQA community to protest the blatant disregard for democracy currently prevailing in the country. We will come together on 7th December 2018 at Lipton Circle from 4pm till 6pm to demand that sanity, democracy and decency prevail and that the rights of the LGBTIQA community be recognized.
For over 135 years, the LGBTIQA community has been marginalised and discriminated against due to archaic British Laws that were introduced in 1883, which our Governments have clung on to for over 70 years of independence in order to vilify and marginalise our community. Meanwhile, the UK and 35 other Commonwealth Countries have moved to remove these laws. As recently as weeks ago, our neighbour India decriminalised consensual same sex relationships, freeing over 200 million LGBTIQA persons from under the yoke of British Colonial laws. We ask, why not Sri Lanka?
Politicising and denigrating the LGBTIQA community has been the mantra of conservative politicians in order to garner votes and scare people into thinking that being LGBTIQA is some sort of sickness or perversion – neither of which is true and neither of which can be proved scientifically or medically.
We are gathering at Lipton Circle to remind the President and politicians of this country that we represent a large voter base in this country. We also remind the very same persons that the Constitution of this country protects our rights as equal citizens and that we must be treated as such. We demand that democracy prevails and insist that democracy is nothing without equality, respect and dignity for all citizens of this country. We stand in solidarity with the many groups who have been speaking out for the same in this moment in time, and warmly invite them to join us.
#butterfliesfordemocracy #LGBTIQ #LKA #democracy
The ‘First Citizen’ of our country who was elected by our vote and subsequently betrayed the public mandate, has resorted to using the term ‘Butterfly’, a derogatory term alluding to minority sexual orientations. He has done so to hurt, shame and insult his political opponents and the LGBTIQ+ community as a whole, in order to protect his waning popularity and to justify his anti-democratic acts. We stand here today in protest to the aforesaid act and in support of the continued protest by civil society to the ongoing attack on our democracy.
We weren’t hurt by the President’s Butterfly Speech. It made us stronger. A butterfly is a symbol of social change, hope, life, and diversity. But we are hurt that the politicians in the ‘current government’ led by him have betrayed the values of democracy. We are hurt because these politicians, who were elected through the public vote, have become marketable goods auctioned for offers worth millions.
Many of us supported Mr. Sirisena in 2015 to defeat the previous government which blatantly violated human rights, attacked and murdered journalists and social activists, and breached law and democracy. We condemn his repulsive act of reuniting with anti-democratic politicos of the previous government and conspiring to grab power for them, in the process, betraying the trust we placed upon him.
This is a reminder to him that he cannot use homophobia as armor to protect himself, and that he and every other public representative and political party should act to pave way for the Sri Lankan LGBTIQ+ community to live with dignity, respect, and equality of law and justice.
Furthermore, with utmost disgust, we vehemently condemn the blatantly one-sided media reportage and political interference in the media, which is apparent in the present context. Media Freedom is the foundation of democracy.
Homophobia is a concept introduced by the British, an imperialistic endowment born in the Victorian age of Morality. It has been 70 years since we gained independence. The contract adhered to by the British administrators of governance back then is continued by our own politicians. It will be a huge mistake on their part to believe that they could cling to power anti-democratically by sacrificing not just us, but the rights of all minorities, by spreading racism, religious disharmony and instigating ethnic conflicts.
We, as the ‘Butterfly’ community, vehemently condemn this ongoing conspiracy which is anti-democratic and power-hungry. We believe that human rights are protected in a democratic society. We ‘the butterflies’ will keep on fighting to protect it. The world can be changed, not by violence, but by the sound of a thousand butterfly wings rising for peace, justice and respect. Therefore, we shall be the Butterflies for Democracy. Every single insult and attack against us is an encouragement for us to continue our struggle.