International Women's day 2017 was organized by the Prison Welfare Organization of Dumbara - Bogambara and the Human Rights Office Kandy and the event was held on the 08th March 2017 at the Dumbara - Bogambara Kandy female prison hall. The chief guest and the speaker of the day was Dr. Thanuja Herath Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology from the Peradeniya Dental Faculty. Dr. Thanuja addressing the gathering illustrated the challenges of women in Sri Lanka.
The women's day was made colorful with several, cultural items presented by the female prisoners. Prizes were given away by the director of the human rights office, Fr. Nandana Manatunga and the superintendent of the prison to the winners of Art and Poem competitions that were held for the female prisoners. Children who were also in detention with their mothers were also given gifts and it was announced that the detention of children was
The Human Rights Office staff was commended for the continued assistance provided to the prisoners both legal and welfare assistance. The superintendent of the Prison, Mr. Senerath Senanayake thanked the Human Rights Office and all those who were present for organizing a meaningful women's day.
An exhibition of the items prepared by the female prisoners were displayed at the end of the days celebrations and the well-wishers were invited to purchase items to support and appreciate the work of the female prisoners.
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