Mar 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says he is personally against sending Sri Lankan women as domestic workers to foreign countries.
Addressing the International Women's Day celebration held in Anuradhapura today, the President said the upper class enjoys luxuries as well as high ranking government officials and politicians enjoy special facilities such as luxury vehicles owing to the foreign exchange earned by female migrant workers.
"Even though the migrant domestic workers are the main source that earn foreign exchange for the country, the life stories of mothers, sisters and daughters who are engaged in this field are mournful," the President aid and stressed that he is personally against sending Sri Lankan women as domestic workers.
The International Women's Day celebration was held at the Salgado Stadium in Anuradhapura under the patronage of President Sirisena.
More than 8,000 women participated in this ceremony, which was organized by the Ministry of Women and Children's Affairs under the theme, "An endearing woman - A beautiful world".
A number of programs were organized by the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs on behalf of the Women's Day towards securing the rights of women.
A special publication compiled in view of 2019 International Women's Day was presented to the President.
President Sirisena felicitated women who have rendered a great service at national level and he also presented felicitation awards and certificates to several selected women entrepreneurs in the Anuradhapura district.
Minister of Child Development and Women's Affairs Ms. Chandrani Bandara, Minister Ms. Thalatha Athukorala, Governor of the North Central Province Mr. Sarath Ekanayake, Women's and Children's Affairs and Dry Zone Development Ministry Secretary Ms. Dharshani Senanayake were also present on this occasion.