At the recently concluded South Asian Peoples’ Assembly held in Sri Lanka from 18th to 20th July at Vihara Maha Devi Park, Companions on a Journey, EQUAL GROUND and Womens Support Group came together in solidarity to host a booth for a congregation of South Asians from all the SAARC countries that attended the Assembly. Over a thousand publications from all three groups were picked up on this one day. Delegates thronged the booth for copies of newsletters, publications on HIV/AIDS, Same sex domestic violence, Breast and Cervical cancer and others. On Sunday, marching under one banner proclaiming ALL HUMAN RIGHTS FOR ALL, the three organizations marched with supporters, holding rainbow flags and banners aloft with a true sense of pride and solidarity. A truly Sri Lankan “Papare” band ensured ‘baila’ music flowed continuously during the march and the three beautiful drag queens dancing to the music, also ensured all eyes were on the Rainbow contingency! Needless to say, we were the brightest, most noisy and amazingly fabulous contingent at the parade!
We will be posting photos on the EQUAL GROUND website very soon….so stay tuned!