Delete Nothing is a trilingual web-based survey tool that aims to document instances of technology-related violence in Sri Lanka, particularly but not limited to the experiences of girls, women, and queer and trans people in Sri Lanka. The tool along with resources break down what technology-related violence can look like, ways of dealing with such violence and links to support spaces will be housed in a website. Delete Nothing refers to the importance of maintaining records of incidents of violence, for further action. The project was done by Jayanthi Kuru Utumpala, Zainab Ibrahim and Sachini Perera with support from CREA.
Sachini is a queer feminist activist from Sri Lanka. Her work is located at the intersection of the internet, popular culture, sexuality and gender, freedom of expression, and policymaking. She has been doing strategic communications and advocacy for feminist and women’s rights organizations for the past decade. In 2017 she set up Ghosha (meaning loud, noisy, outspoken), a feminist initiative in Sri Lanka that aims to support women and queer people from Sri Lanka to use the internet in free, rights-based, affirmative and pleasurable ways.
Feminist Activist & Researcher
Zainab Ibrahim is a feminist activist and researcher based in Sri Lanka and most of her work is focused on gender equality and women’s rights, including advocacy for the same. She has 15 years of experience in qualitative research, documentation and writing for and with feminist and women’s rights organisations as well as with local and international NGOs. Zainab holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India.
Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala is a feminist activist with over 15 years of experience. In May 2016, she became the first Sri Lankan to summit Mount Everest. In recognition of this achievement, from 2016-2019 she was appointed the first ever Goodwill Ambassador for Women’s Rights by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. Through her work with Chrysalis, she is co-leading a global team on the prevention of gender based violence on behalf of CARE International. Jayanthi is also the current Chairperson of the National Olympic Committee on Complaints against Sexual Harassment. She holds a Master’s Degree in Gender Studies from the University of Sussex in UK.