A strong effort to prevent violence against teenage girls and women in estate sector

National Committee on Women in collaboration with the Plantation Human Development Trust Board organized a programme on “prevention of violence against teenage girls and women in estate sector” with the aim of prevention of violence against girl child and improving the reproductive health of girl child and women.

This programme was conducted at Ambagamuwa, Kothmale, and Nuwara  Eliya Divisional Secretariat Divisions in Nuwara Eliya District during the months of March and April 2015 with the participation of officials of decision making level in the health, education, police and civil society sectors.

Prevention of teenage pregnancies and promoting their health, ensuring their protection, ensuring the security of the family environment through the prevention of teenage pregnancies were specially emphasized at the programme

Total cost for the all programmes were Rs 1.50 Mn and nearly 500 women and teenage girls were participated for the programme.

Optimum public service through field officers

Functioning of women and child development units at district and divisional level is a one main development programme of the government under the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. Still establishment of these units are underway with the proper coordination of District Secretariats and Divisional Secretariats

Ministry has taken decision to conduct awareness sessions with the objectives of enhancing productive and efficient services of the officers attached to the Child and Women Development Units, awareness creation on prevention of gender based violence and to make responses on GBV and procedure of directing the complaints of public to the relevant agencies etc.

Accordingly, initiated the 1st programme Batticaloa district and 2nd programme started on 18th May 2015 at Anuradhapura with the chairmanship of Mrs. Sudharma Karunaratne, secretary to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs.

After succeeding of 1st, 2nd above programmes 3rd programme conducted on 25th May 2015 at Rathnapura district with the chairmanship of Mrs. Ashoka Alawatta, Additional Secretary (Development) of Ministry of Women’s Affairs.Mr.Shehan De Silva government advocate, Mr. R.M.I Rajapaksha Director legal aid center of Rathnapura, Mr. Colin Ariyarathna Public Relation Officer, Rathnapura, Mrs. Inoka Liyanage Women’s Chief  Inspector of Police training school, resource persons of NGOs and officials  of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs  participated  the programme .