Women & the
Struggle for Tamil Eelam
International Women's Day Observed
across Tamil Eelam
TamilNet, 10 March 10 2006
[ see also 1. சர்வதேச
- கற்பு -
2. Velupillai Pirabakaran -
International Womens Day Messages - 1992 - 1993 - 1996 and 3. Declaration on International Womens
Day 2006 - Tamil Women Organization - Germany]
International Women's Day was observed in several parts
of Tamil Eelam on 8 March 2006. Local women's
organizations and Non-governmental organization
participated in events held in Vavuniya, Kilinochchi,
Mullaitivu, Jaffna and Mannar.
Poovili, Kilinochchi district
women political head of the LTTE, delivering
Oxfam project officer Theva
gives away water pumps to 6 self-employment
Norway representative Ms.
Mildrid Mikkelsen lighting traditional
Head Kilinochchi district Women's Organization, Ms
Thevambikai presided an event held at the Kilinochchi
Cultural Hall at 10 a.m.. Kilinochchi Deputy Political
Head, Arul, lit the traditional lamp and Ms. Vasanthi,
Officer in charge of Women's Arts and Cultural
Organisation, hoisted the Thamileelam National flag
before the beginning of the celebratons.
S.Pasupathipillai, Secretary of the Tamil National
Resurgence Forum Kilinochchi district, Ms. Poovili, Head
of Kilinochchi District Women's politcal wing spoke and
Ms. Thamilvili, Deputy head of Women's political wing,
gave the special address.
In another event held at the Centre for Women's
Development and Rehabilitation (CWDR) at 2 p.m. presided
by Head of CWDR, Ms Selvakumar, local women's
organisations and NGOs presented tools and aid to
selected women to assist in their self-employment
Oxfam Project Officer Mr. Theva donated 3 water pumps to
be share by six women. Seventeen women from
poverty-stricken families of Malayalapuram in the
Kilinochchi district were issued Bank Books with money
deposits of Rural Economic Development Bank.
45 self-employment oriented women selected from several
villages in Kilinochchi district received 5000 rupees
each from representatives of NGOs including Ms. Mildrid
Mikkelsen representing Norweigian Forum for Women
Development Centre (FOKUS), CWDR sources in Kilinochchi
Meanwhile, Vavuniya district Women's Development
Rehabilitation Institution celebrated World Women's Day
Wednesday in the Nedunkerny region presided by the CWDR
Director of Vavuniya district Ms. T. Pathmavathy and
attended by officials and representatives of several
NGOs, LTTE, and Sri Lankan Government departments.
The three who won the first three places and the 35 women
participants in the Marathon race organised by the
Vavuniya CWDR received prizes and certificates.
Mannar event was organized by the Mannar Women's
consortium and was presided by Ms Jessy Ariyaratnam, head
of the Consortium.
Head if Mullaitivu district Women's association, Ms.
Vanathi, presided the International Women's day
celebrations held at the Cultural Hall in
Puthukkudiyiruppu Wednesday, sources in Mullaitivu
In this event, Head of LTTE Women's Political Wing,
Thamilini lit the ceremonial flame, and Head of LTTE's
Puthukudiyiruppu Political Wing, Puhalarasan, hoisted the
Tamileelam flag before the event.
President of Mullaitivu Peoples Consortium, Mr
Shanmuganathan, Ms Subashini, S Subramaniyeswaran and
Thamilin spoke at the event.