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EP Governor pledges to assist war widows

Eastern Province Governor Anuradha Yahampath interacts with war widows of the province, in Batticaloa recently.
Eastern Province Governor Anuradha Yahampath interacts with war widows of the province, in Batticaloa recently.

Eastern Province Governor Anuradha Yahampath said that many special self-employment programmes are being implemented for the widows in the province.

She was speaking at a meeting held at the Kokkadichcholai Divisional Secretariat which was attended by a large number of widows and young women from the Batticaloa district.

“There are about 35,000 widows living in the Batticaloa district alone. They have lost their husbands in the war. I look at these women as strong women with much potential. I came to this area for many reasons. Kokkadichcholai is far away from Batticaloa town. Being so far away I felt that these women's needs may not be looked after,” she said. “We have a new leader at the helm, a leader who is conscious of the price these women have paid and the future that they face. We as a government need to create a space where these women can contribute to the development of our country.”

She said that one of the objectives is to provide 100,000 jobs. This is in addition to the many programmes that are being implemented in this district for the betterment of widows and other women.

The Kokkadichcholai Divisional Secretary and several other government officials were present on the occasion. The Governor then visited a craft shop with the widows. She said the craft shop would be an avenue through which their products could be sold to shops in Colombo.


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