Aug 13, Colombo: Child Development and Women's Affairs Minister of Sri Lanka Tissa Karalliyadda says the government has identified over 59,000 war widows in the Northern and Eastern Provinces following the end of the war.
According to the Minister there are 42,565 war widows in the East and 16,936 in the North.
He has noted that however, all identified women may not have been widowed by the war, but from other causes as well.
Karalliyadda says that several government ministries had launched various programmes including counseling programmes to support these women in the North and East.
Among the ministries that have launched programmes for these women are the Economic Development Ministry, Social Services Ministry, Resettlement and Rehabilitation Ministry and Child Development and Women’s Affairs Ministry.