SLRCS organizes women day celebrations in Trinco

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 10 March 2004, 17:48 GMT]
International Women Day celebrations, organized by the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) in collaboration with the UNHCR, was held in Nilaveli, 16 km off north of Trincomalee town. UNHCR Trincomalee official Mr. Clifford Speck was the chief guest.

Trinco celebrates International Women's Day
( L-R) SLRCS National Secretary Mr.Nimalkumar, Ms Sri Devi, ICRC Trincomalee delegate Mr.Askar Umarbekov and SLRCS Trincomalee chairman Dr.Gnanagunalan lighting the traditional oil lamp
Certificates and prizes were distributed to the winners of art competition held on the theme "Violence against Women."

Assistant Director of Cultural Affairs in the provincial ministry of education Ms N.Sri Devi was the guest of honour.

SLRCS National Secretary Mr.S.H.Nimalkumar and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Trincomalee head delegate Mr. Askar Umarbeckov participated.

The President of the SLRCS Trincomalee district branch Dr. E.G.Gnanagunalan said violence against the women is on the increase in the country and Women should learn art of self-defense to overcome violence against them.

Trinco celebrates International Women's Day
A section of the participants in the Women's Day event

Trinco celebrates International Women's Day
SLRCS National Secretary Mr.Nimalkumar hands over prize to a winner of the art competition
Trinco celebrates International Women's Day
Dr.Gnanagunalan giving away the prizes to the winners of the art competition

Trinco celebrates International Women's Day
Women viewing art exhibition on " Violence against Women" held at women day celebration in Nilaveli

Mrs. Sri Devi said civil societies should promote gender equality if violence against women is to be contained.

Mr. Clifford Speck said it is discouraging to note that people who agitate against racial discrimination are reluctant to give priority to violence against women.


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