Large number of social service programmes for women
Social Services and Social Welfare Minister Lionel Premasiri said a
large number of social service programmes have been organised throughout
the country to empower women and recognise them as an integral part of
society. These programmes will be carried out with private sector
Through such programmes the recognition of women in society will
increase thus giving due recognition to their contribution to the
country’s wellbeing. The main programme of the International Women’s Day
will be held at Gangarama lake on March 12. Addressing the media at
Government Information Department Auditorium Minister Premasiri said
five women will be felicitated for their services to the country.
The five women to be honoured are Sapthala Deepakanthi for taking
Major General Parami Kulathunge to hospital when he was caught in a LTTE
bomb blast in Pannipitiya, Nadeeka Jeewanthi who over came a physical
disability to become a teacher in a High school, Wickramanayake
Pathirannehelage Pathmalatha for protecting a mother and infant when the
birth took place in a train from Ganemulla to Colombo, Swarna Agnus
Sirilath Wendalan for rescuing seven people from drowning and
J.A.Malkanthi for preventing a two and half years old child from falling
to its death at a school.
The Minister said the programme is only an initiative. A large number
of social service programmes have been organised throughout the country
with the participation of leading business institutions.
Senior DIG Sirisena Herath said the police are doing its best to help
women who are subjected to harassment.
He said several cases of sexual abuse against women have been
reported from the Kurunegala, Ratnapura and Anuradhapura districts.
Reporting the most number of cases, of the nearly 700 cases of sexual
abuse from the Ratnapura district, around 600 have been by teenage
He said nearly 900 cases of sexual harassment have been reported from
Kurunegala and over 800 of the alleged victims are below 18 years.
The Navaloka Hospitals has organised a mobile health clinic at the
Gangaramaya on March 12 from 8 am to 2 p.m. to coincide with this event.
An employment fair titled “Rekhiya Piyasa” will also be held on this day
at the same venue which would provide job opportunities for women. Ravi
Maskorala (MAH) and Geetha Perera also spoke.