The Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) Chairperson former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga said while promoting communal unity and harmony, her office would launch a programme to uplift the living standard of war-affected women in the North, including war widows.
She disclosed this at a discussion held at the Jaffna Kachcheri, during a recent visit to the North. Northern Province Chief Minister C. Vigneswaran, Parliamentarian Mavai Seandhiraja, representatives of women’s organisations and a large number of war-affected women in the North attended the discussion.
On inquiry by the former President, the women’s organisations’ representatives said nearly 33,000 women had fallen destitute due to the war in the North and East. They said sexual abuse of women had increased after the war.
Following the discussion, the former President visited Keerimalai and opened a new restaurant selling Jaffna’s traditional food preparations set up under the auspices of the Agriculture Department.
The restaurant has been targeted to attract tourists visiting the Keerimalai hot springs.
She was accompanied by several TNA Parliamentarians. [ Daily News]