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A Reflection on Feminism and Positions of Privilege (The F Word: Let's Talk Feminism and Gender)

As I write this week’s piece I glance out of the window not to my usual Colombo view, but instead to the sweltering heat that is Chennai in the summer. Spending the last week in India has made me reflect on my last visit here, which was spent in Delhi in the middle of winter. I came to Delhi as the Sri Lankan delegate on invitation from the regional High Commissions of Canada who convened ‘Fem Par II: Young Women as Agents of Change’ in Colombo and Delhi.

The Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka described the gathering as a “program focussed on empowering young women to become agents of change through leadership and meaningful participation in political and social life, enabling them to realize their full potential and contribute to their community”. Taking place over four days, two in Colombo, Sri Lanka and two in Delhi, India, delegates took part in capacity building sessions, panel discussions with universities, civil society organizations, think tanks and youth organizations, …

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