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Awareness programme on good nutrition practices

S4IG, WFP mark Int’l Women’s Day in Batticaloa

Marking International Women’s Day (IWD), the Sri Lanka Skills for Inclusive Growth (S4IG), an initiative of the Australian Government and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), called for a strong push to promote healthy dietary practices by empowering both men and women at their workplaces and home, a press release issued by the S4IG and WFP said.

As part of its skills and capacity development initiative across the three districts in the East and Polonnaruwa, the S4IG is launching the second season of the popular Supreme Chef, a competitive TV cookery show in Sri Lanka. The WFP is partnering with the S4IG in this show where nutritious food and healthy lifestyles will be promoted, in a bid to address poor nutrition.

Keeping in line with this year’s IWD theme “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights” – an event held in Batticaloa featured four role models in the hospitality trade, their inspiring stories, a healthy cookery demonstration and family cooking time for participants of Supreme Chef’s second season.

“At WFP Sri Lanka, annually, we have been celebrating this day with different activities which promote gender equality, focusing heavily on empowering women and communities. Gender equality is non-negotiable, and International Women’s Day is a reminder that we will have a better world where both women and men both contribute equally to the well-being of their family and communities,” Brenda Barton, WFP Country Director in Sri Lanka said.

Women, especially in rural areas, are instrumental in the fight against hunger and malnutrition and in making food systems more productive and sustainable. They grow food, reduce food losses, make diets more diverse and agricultural produce more marketable along the agri-food value chains.

David Ablett, Team Leader, S4IG, speaking at the event in Batticaloa stated, “At the S4IG, we support women empowerment, especially in the tourism value chain, encouraging high female participation in this industry, importantly through education and economic independence. Working alongside the WFP to create better education on nutrition and health through our landmark TV show, Supreme Chef brings along a new dimension to our work and gender equality, even here, shines strong.”

An Australian Aid-funded programme, the S4IG is committed to expanding economic opportunities for the poor through an integrated approach to skills development that can support inclusive economic growth opportunities along the tourism value chain in Trincomalee, Ampara, Batticaloa and Polonnaruwa districts. Through the Supreme Chef initiative, the programme will increase skills and create pathways for sustainable job creation for marginalised and disadvantaged people.

The WFP Sri Lanka’s work in improving the nutrition of women lays the foundation for their and their family’s economic empowerment, breaking the cycle of poverty. This partnership will further strengthen a collective approach and collaboration in building prosperity and supporting a sustainable future for Sri Lankans.

The S4IG is a skills development programme that uses the tourism sector to explore and demonstrate successful models of change within skills providers, formal and informal tourism enterprises across the districts of Ampara, Batticaloa, Trincomalee and Polonnaruwa - showcasing coordinated demand-driven flexible and inclusive skills development. The S4IG is an initiative of the Australian Government’s aid initiative in collaboration with the Sri Lankan Government’s Skills Development, Employment and Labour Relations Ministry. 

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