According to Amnesty International, over a 100,000 Sri Lankan familes are waiting to hear news of loved ones who disappeared during and the aftermath of its brutal war.
Pathmasri is a women’s rights activist from Batticaloa in the Eastern province of Sri Lanka. Her husband disappeared in 2009 and she has since become a tireless mobilizer of families who are searching for answers about their loved ones. Pathmasiri has initiated many non-violent actions to seek information of their family members and is one of the leaders of the Batticaloa families of disappeared forums.
Currently, she works as a counselor at Women in Need, where she supports survivors of violence healing from trauma and empowers them to have a dignified lives. She also uses her skills in theatre to advocate and build awareness in communities. Her passion for women’s rights and drive to achieve justice for affected women has helped countless people in Sri Lanka.