The days programme and the significance of the day was explained by Fr. Nandana Manatunga, the director of the Human Rights office. He said that the women are being used by the srilankan society as mere objects and they are fast loosing their inherent dignity and that we need to restore the dignity of women.
He further said that the women of our country that solely bring foreign revenue through, tea plantations, garment industry and by foreign employment. However they are gradually sidelined from the decision making process. The ever increasing cases of rape and murder make us to believe that our society is mentally ill.
The widows, the women's group representatives and mothers of the survivors presented several cultural items while the women's group of the parish staged a drama to show the importance of reconciliation between the 02 communities, especially women, who suffered both during JVP insurrection and during the civil war.
Mrs. Nilani Manthrinayake in her address explained the plight of the women in the north after 03 years since the official ending of the war. She said that our culture make things difficult for the widows to survive as there are so many barriers that have limited the widows and their activities. She reminded that apart from the chief justice, Attorney general, even the commissioner of labor is a woman but still the women are being harassed and raped almost everyday.