“Make it Happen” – International Women’s Day 2015

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SLCDF commemorated the International Women’s Day 2015 on Sunday 8th March at the National Youth Centre in Maharagama, with the participation of representatives from 14 District Consortia of NGOs, National NGO Action Front, NGO Management Development Centre, Helvetas and SLCDF staff, totaling 40, giving due respect and recognition for the women all over the world.

In Sri Lanka, it is the women from different sectors that contribute to the development of the country and largely to the national economy – be it the plantation sector, migrant women, garment factory and the housewife, it is she who contributes to the betterment of the family on the whole and to the country, at large.

This year’s theme being “Make it Happen”, SLCDF held a seminar on “Recognition and advancement of Female Migrant Workers” focusing effective action for advancing and recognition of women.

Ms. Sriyani Perera, Mr. Lakshman Malawathanthrige and Ms. Kala Peiris with their expertise in their areas of specialization contributed immensely as resource persons for the success of this seminar.

The main objective was to discuss issues related to female migrant workers and finding possible solutions through the intervention of Civil Society Organizations. Main areas of safe migration, reintegration (alternate income generation and counselling) and national policy were discussed at group level followed up by an open forum discussion. The participants who represented North-South-East-West and the Hill Country stated that the seminar was an eye-opener and stimulated them on the gravity of the issue and agreed in consensus to work with commitment to this challenging women’s issue towards resolving it – “Make it Happen”, prior to the next International Women’s Day.