|Thursday, 15 April 2004|
'Fronts' main aim to oppose war and promote peace'
by M. R. M. Niyas, Hambantota special correspondent
The war that prevailed in the country has created several social issues of concern, which need proper attention to tackle the situation. Among them is the problem of war widows which has become a major issue.
There are four lakhs of war widows in the country, said Vice President of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and the co-ordinator of National Anti-War Front Women's Section, Dulcy de Silva.
She was speaking at a seminar organised by the National Anti War Front, held at the Ranliya Rest, Hambantota, recently. Ms Silva said our main objective was to take the message to the people not to have another war in the country.
Absence of war does not mean that peace is prevailing in the country. It is our aim to organise all forces against war and promote peace in the country.
She said that women were the most affected, apart from children, due to the two decades of war in the country. Twenty per cent of families are female headed. therefore, many social problems have been created. Most of the women widowed due to war were between the age groups of 20 and 30, this has really affected the lives of these young women, whom the society looks in a different angle.
Our Front is open to every women irrespective of their religion, caste, creed or any other differences. Our only hope is to form a strong organisation to oppose the war. I am glad to say that we had this year's Women's Day celebrations in Mannar with the help of our Tamil sisters. We hope, sustainable peace in the country would pave the way for a better future for women in the country, said Ms Dulcy de Silva.
Attorney-at-Law Tennyson Edirisooriya, Rev. Fr. Indika Anthony, Juslin Punchihewa, Ananda Jayasekara and several others also spoke.
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