Media for Gender Justice: Insights from Gender Experts #8 Damith Chandimal

by Yamini Perera

As a part of the series of interviews on the role of media in creating a gender fair society, Damith Chandimal, an LGBTIQ Activist, firmly stresses the idea that the gender portrayal in media should be a professional and ethical aspiration. “Most of the Sri Lankan journalists have a narrow focus on gender-sensitive reporting and they often go beyond established social norms for the mere purpose of selling the news”.  He further expresses the need of a proper mechanism to portray gender norms without disclaiming the rights of males, females and other gender groups.