EQUAL GROUND 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
• Teamwork
• Motivation
• Work Ethic
• Integrity
• Adaptability/Flexibility

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:


Job Description

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 equalground@gmail.com. Please mention the job position you will be applying to in the subject.

EQUAL GROUND is an equal opportunity employer

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Abhimani European Film Festival for Colombo PRIDE 2018 launches


Launch of the Abhimani European Film Festival for Colombo PRIDE 2018

COLOMBO, 28 June 2018–The Abhimani European Film Festival for Colombo PRIDE, organised by LGBTIQ+ advocacy organisation EQUAL GROUND, launched on 28 June 2018. The Festival is supported by the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Sri Lanka and the Maldives and a number of European Missions based in Colombo and New Delhi. The festival was opened by Chief Guest Nimmi Harasgama.

The festival, which runs from 29 June – 1 July at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute auditorium, will showcase 17 critically-acclaimed, LGBTIQ+ themed films from Europe and Asia.

Speaking at the launch of the festival, Chargé d’affaires of EU Delegation, Paul Godfrey said, “LGBTIQ rights remain largely unrecognised in Sri Lanka and of course legal discrimination remains encoded in Sri Lankan law. This government has made a number of significant and important advances in human rights, but sadly ending discrimination against LGBTIQ people has not been one of them. The Abhimani European Film Festival is a celebration of our common humanity. The EU hopes that the festival will help showcase that lesbian and gay people around the world live normal lives, having the same successes, emotions and challenges that we all share”.

Executive Director of EQUAL GROUND, Rosanna Flamer-Caldera said, “For 135 years the LGBTIQ community has struggled under the yoke of colonial laws. These discriminatory laws have prevented the many men, women, and trans persons, all Sri Lankan citizens, from being productive and contributing members of society. This has to change. By highlighting our issues through Colombo PRIDE annually, we aim to bring attention to the many violations that take place based on just who one loves. This film festival highlights the peaks and valleys of Queer life in different countries–some good, some bad. However, the underlying theme is that freedom and dignity belong to all persons regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. Our issues must be given the space it deserves to bring attention to those who ignore or are ignorant that LGBTIQ rights are human rights”.

The Abhimani European Film Festival will feature films from Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Finland, Sweden, the UK, and Switzerland, as well as from India, Tonga, Taiwan, and Australia. This year’s festival brings together the European Film Festival, which promotes cultural exchanges between Europe and Sri Lanka, and the Abhimani Queer Film Festival, which celebrates and fosters an appreciation of LGBTIQ+ film.

For scheduling and information please check Abhimani


Political, Trade and Communications Section
Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives
Tel: + 94 11 2674413-4

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Announcing the Abhimani European Film Festival for Colombo Pride 2018

It is with great pleasure and pride that we announce the merging of the Annual European Film Festival with the Abhimani Queer Film Festival, one of the oldest Queer Film Festivals in South Asia.

COLOMBO PRIDE 2018 together with the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and Maldives will collaborate to launch a unique and exciting Film Festival this year – The Abhimani European Film Festival for Colombo PRIDE 2018 – featuring LGBTIQ films from across Europe and other regions of the world. The European Film Festival promotes cultural exchanges between Europe and Sri Lanka and aims to promote understanding between the people of Sri Lanka and Europe. The Abhimani Queer Film Festival celebrates Queer Cinema fostering an appreciation of LGBTIQ films from around the globe while promoting the support and acceptance of Queer Culture in Sri Lanka and abroad.

The Festival promises a great line up of short and full-length films primarily from Europe, in addition to Tonga, Australia and India.  It promises to be a unique cinematic experience for persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities and the first of its kind in Sri Lanka!

Dates -29th June 2018 – 1st of July 2018
Time -3.00pm – 10pm
Venue – Lakshman Kadirigamar Auditorium
Address – 24 Horton Pl, Colombo 07

For updates on programing, venues and times please check the Abhimani European Film Festival for Colombo Pride 2018 .

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