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* Sri Lanka marks International Women's Day today
Sat, Mar 8, 2014, 09:11 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka joined the world community Saturday in celebrating the International Women's Day that falls on March 08th of every year.

This year's national function of the International Women's day was held this morning under the patronage of Sri Lanka's First Lady Shiranthi Wickremasinghe Rajapaksa at the Kularatne Auditorium of the Ananda College in Colombo.

The function was held under the guidance of the Ministry of Child Development and Women's Affairs on the theme "Her strength is Nation's Strength".

Delivering the key note address the commissioner of Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa said that Sri Lanka has implemented several laws to safeguard the rights of women and children.

He said that Sri Lanka has accepted all the international conventions on women's issues and the laws have been implemented accordingly.

Speaking of the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, the Commissioner said Sri Lanka has rehabilitated 5,200 child soldiers of the terrorist group LTTE and 3,000 of them were unattained female children.

The government has rehabilitated all these child soldiers and given them the opportunity to pursue their interrupted education, the official noted, adding that Sri Lanka can face the UNHRC without any reservations.

Dr. Mahanamahewa however, noted that Sri Lankan women need to get involved more on governance and suggested increasing their representation in parliament.

Speaking at the function Minister of Child Development and Women's Affairs Tissa Karaliyadde said in Sri Lankan culture women have acquired a special social acceptance in the society and their value could not be confined to just one day.

At the national event, the First Lady was recognized for her service to the country's women and children.

Parliamentarian Kamala Ranatunga, representatives of women's groups from all over the country and women of Sri Lanka's security forces also participated at the event.

(Photos by Lalith Welivitigoda)

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