My name is Damayanthi Sathya Muthukumaranage. I was born on 1969 in Colombo, Sri Lanka and since 2017 I am living in the UK as a political refugee. For more than a decade, I have worked as a feminist cartoonist/ artist and a social media campaigner. Throughout 20 years of my career, I used my skills such as graphic designing, drawing, writing and video making to bring ideological changes to our society.
Also at the last few years of Sri Lankan civil war 2004- 2009, I joined with the media unit of National Anti-War Front and put my life on the line to force Sri Lankan government towards a political solution. Even after the end of the Sri Lankan civil war, I had published many of my cartoons, articles about post-war crimes and demanding justice for war victims. The events that caused me to leave my country are rooted in my work on human rights. I have been for many years and indeed, I remain active in the promotion of human rights in my opposition to the way in which many people are marginalized and ill-treated.
I am using my oil paintings as a method to communicate my message about diversity, gender equality, child rights, women empowerment and refugee rights to the general public. I hope this will help towards a better society in future.