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.
Co-Creator & Advisor, Delete Nothing
Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala is a feminist and women’s rights activist with over two decades of experience, and a rock climber / mountaineer for nearly as long. She has worked at national, regional, and global levels as a technical advisor, advocate, trainer, researcher, and programme manager on issues relating to gender, gender-based violence, sexuality, masculinities, women’s human rights, and more recently, women in sports. In 2016, Jayanthi became the first Sri Lankan to summit Mount Everest, and in recognition of this achievement, was appointed the Goodwill Ambassador for Women’s Rights from 2016-2019 by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in Sri Lanka. Since 2016, she has been a consultant to the Dialogue Advisory Group, an Amsterdam-based foundation that facilitates political dialogue to reduce violent conflict. She is currently the Chairperson of the Sexual Harassment Complaints Committee of the Sri Lanka National Olympic Committee, Chairperson of the Board of the Women and Media Collective in Sri Lanka, a board member of the Women’s Resource Centre in Sri Lanka, and trustee of UK based charity – the Women of the World Foundation. Jayanthi holds an MA in Gender Studies from the University of Sussex, UK and a post-graduate diploma in Women’s Studies from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Coordinator, Delete Nothing
Misha’ari Weerabangsa is a queer feminist and social psychologist interested in intergroup dynamics, social justice and inequality, gender and sexuality, and the ways in which these processes manifest on the internet and social media. Misha’ari holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Nottingham and has worked as a sub-editor, lecturer, and academic administrator prior to taking on the role of Coordinator at Delete Nothing.
Co-Creator, Delete Nothing
Sachini Perera is the Executive Coordinator of RESURJ. She is a queer feminist from Sri Lanka who thinks, researches, writes, makes and teaches at the intersections of technology, pop culture, sexual and reproductive justice, and pleasure. Sachini has an MA in Digital Culture and Society from King’s College London and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Colombo, and was a 2019/2020 Chevening scholar. She has worked in communications and advocacy with local, regional and global feminist and women’s rights formations for the last 14 years. Sachini is currently the Co-Chair of the steering group of the Alliance for Feminist Movements, on behalf of RESURJ. She has also served in advisory capacity for the Nebula Fund, Women’s Fund Asia and W7.
Feminist Activist & Researcher
Co-Creator & Advisor, Delete Nothing
Zainab Ibrahim is the Feminist Knowledge, Learning and Publications Officer for the Asia Pacific Forum for Women, Law, and Development (APWLD). She is a feminist activist and researcher based in Sri Lanka and most of her experience over the past 18 years has been in research, documentation, writing and editorial work, primarily on issues of social justice, gender equality and women’s rights. Zainab is a core group member of the SANGAT South Asian Feminist Network, and a trustee of The Collective for Historical Dialogue and Memory in Sri Lanka. Zainab holds an MA in Development Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India.