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* Sri Lanka President promises a women's commission to solve the problems faced by women
Mon, Mar 8, 2010, 07:19 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that measures would be initiated to set up a women's commission legally to solve the problems faced by women who render an invaluable service to socio-economic development of the country.

He further said that the eradication of terrorism was the most valuable prize given to the women of the country. The President promised that the government would take measures to eradicate the narcotic menace that depress women as well.

The President expressed these views addressing the celebrations held today at the Siribopura Singapore Community Hall in Hambantota to mark the International Women's Day.

The event was organized under the patronage of the President, the First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa, the Chairman of Tharunyayata Hetak (A Tomorrow for Youth) Namal Rajapaksa and the Minister of Women's Affairs and Child Development Sumedha B. Jayasena.

President Rajapaksa said his government had focused attention to increase the women’s representation in the parliament.

Chairman of Tharunyayata Hetak, Namal Rajapaksa, and the Minister of Women's Affairs Sumedha B. Jayasena also addressed the event.

Around 1,000 women including representatives of the district women's committees of Hambanthota, Galle, Matara, Monaragala, Badulla, Ampara and Ratnapura districts participated in the national function to celebrate the international women's day.

The theme of this year's Women's Day was "The contribution of woman in the decade of prosperity." Dr. Malani Dias, a former Deputy Director General of Archeology, delivered the keynote address of the event.

(Pictures by Nalin Hewapathirana)

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