- Nadira Gunatilleke
Make everyday a woman's Day
Sri Lanka will celebrate International Women's Day with the rest of
the world within a few days. But this year Sri Lanka has a reason to be
proud and to celebrate this day with dignity.
Recently a group of brave daughters of Mother Lanka made her proud by
making their first parachute jump to pass out as the first group of
women paratroopers in Sri Lanka. This is a pride for Sri Lanka and all
Sri Lankan women. This is more significant because they did it at a time
when Sri Lanka needs brave women and the world is about to celebrate
International Women's Day which falls on March 8.
First of all we should talk about these brave daughters belonging to
the Sri Lankan Air Force. It is revealed that they underwent training
with their male counterparts. Thushari Nayana Dilrukshi Hewagama was the
first woman to make the historic jump.
They are eagerly waiting to undergo the next step of free fall in the
near future. They set a fine example to all Sri Lankan women.
These are the precious daughters of Mother Lanka. We have to thank
their parents for having brought them up as examples to other Lankan
That is to teach them to put their country first and grow up as a
complete individual and not as an incomplete human being groping in the
They did not stay at home to get married to a rich man at an early
age or work in an air conditioned room applying expensive lipstick and
body cream six times a day. They had no time to spend in front of
They were trained to save the country, putting themselves in second
place. The most important fact that we should not forget is they also
have the same biological, emotional and all the other needs just as any
other ordinary woman.
The difference is while most of the other women take care of
themselves like nurturing flowers, these brave women came forward to
protect the country putting behind all their other preferences.
Some Sri Lankan women should be ashamed of themselves for the way
they live and spend their time.
Crying for anything and everything and watching other women cry in
teledramas are two main tasks of some Sri Lankan women. They spend
significant time of the day for those tasks.
They sit opposite the television and cry with some Indian actresses
who cry all the time on certain channels which telecast imported tele
Some other women express their fear for everything and try to be a
baby especially in the middle of a bunch of men. These women fear almost
everything and cannot do a thing without the help of a man. When there
is no man available she seeks the company of other women.
The hilarious part is these types of women cannot carry out even
their `officially assigned duties' without leaning on another colleague.
They want another person to accompany them even when they go to the
toilet. This is just excellent acting staged by some women in order to
gain benefits and attention. For another group of women it is not
suitable for a female to do many things. They think that it is the
mother's role they should play.
The women who think in this way always disapprove the other women who
achieve success in life through other fields. They are ready to forgive
and accept anything done by any woman if she is a mother. This is
something that cannot be acceptable on any ground.
For an example recently a woman robbed a mobile phone inside a ladies
rest room located in a reputed private company and the security guards
were able to catch her and take action against her.
After the incident, some women expressed the view that the woman who
robbed the mobile phone should be forgiven because she has two children,
meaning which any offender should be forgiven if she has children and
any woman can get away after committing any crime if she has kids.
This is a pure insult for mothers and motherhood.
International Women's Day falls on March 08 . This is the best time
for Sri Lankan women to get rid of their enslaved mentality and
dependence on womanhood. Sri Lanka has a proud history of brave women
such as Viharamahadevi, Queen Leelawathie and many more.
There is no hazard for Sri Lankan women to grow up as valiant
individuals. Therefore let us stop celebrating International Women's Day
and make everyday a Women's Day!