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Vishmi Jayawardene-Hitige

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Gendered Resistance
Katunayake, Sri Lanka



This project hopes to instigate an enquiry into the lives and lived spaces of the Rural-Urban female migrant population of Sri Lanka, predominantly employed in the textile manufacturing industry of Colombo’s Free Trade Zones, their internal migrations from despondent rural oblivions and the complex implications of the socio-spatial orders they inhabit. They are neither rural nor urban, not belonging to a single identity, they ebb in and out of the urban social fabric order as they do through their interactions within the city. Occupying transient spaces that never truly belong to them, these rural women have come to define an ‘other’ identity of urban, the urban nomad; a disgraced identity of femininity: the ‘juki’ girl.
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Vishmi Jayawardene-Hitige

︎Year 4
vj266@cam.ac.uk