In April 2012, I arrived in Sri Lanka during the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year celebrations. Over the following month, I travelled from Colombo to Batticaloa in the east, to Jaffna in the north, to Puttalam in the north-west and to Udadumbara in the Central Province. I spent time with people who campaigned for womens rights and supported communities that had been neglected by their government. I met many individuals that work fearlessly with grass routes organisations in a variety of contexts, from the post-war situation in the north, post-tsunami in the east, to campaigning for women's mental health in remote parts of the country. I had the privilege to meet with some awe-inspiring women working quietly and constantly for the people in their communities.