Posted by NAFSO Convener's Diary Posted on 8:08 AM with 1 comment
Today, the rights groups celebrate Women's Day all over the world.
In Sri Lanka, the State lead Women's day program be held in Ampara with the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena. Mrs. Chandrani Bandara, the Women's affairs minister had expressed the theme of the national theme as "A strong and powerful woman: Sustainable Tomorrow" [Savibala Kathak: Thirasara Hetak].
NAFSO also has planned it's women's day program on 29th March at Mahaweli Center auditorium, and the Minister of Women affairs as the chief guest.
However, the news coming from so called 'Western Democratic Countries" are not so healthy as the Turkey police had attacked the women's day rally claiming the security grounds.
We strongly condemn these type of heinous actions of Police and the state terror behind the Police.
We urge Stop all sorts of Violence against women as well as secure the future of humanity through protecting and ensuring the rights of women and men.
Unitedly we will win! And make this world a better place.
Brave Women can lead the struggle!
We are in strong Solidarity with the oppressed women in Turkey.
Here is the news which I quoted from news item I received.
An International Women’s Day rally in Turkey on Sunday turned violent when police dispersed the crowd by firing rubber bullets and detained at least one woman. According to Reuters, hundreds of women had gathered in Istanbul to draw attention to women’s issues such as domestic violence and low female participation in the workforce, despite a demonstration ban by Turkish authorities citing “security concerns.” The protest was organized in advance of the official International Women’s Day in hopes of drawing more support on a weekend day. “We have always said that we would never leave the streets for the March 8 demonstration, and we never will. Neither the police nor the government can stop us,” protestor Guris Ozen told Reuters before the police activity began. “You see the power of women. We are here despite every obstacle and we will continue to fight for our cause.” In recent years, the Turkish government has increasingly tried to curtail the right to peaceful assembly.