Gender Conference 2014 Inspires the Women in Matara, Sri Lanka
Gender Conference 2014
Women in Matara shared “Inspiring Stories of Hope” during a “Gender Conference 2014” held on 2nd December. Seventy women representing different sections of life came together for this event. The conference was an activity of the project “Empowerment of Vulnerable Women in Sri Lanka” conducted by Save the Children and Institute for Development of Community strength (INDECOS) which is funded by European Union. The Chief Secretary of Southern Province Ms. W.A.K. Athukorala, District Secretary, Matara Ms. E.A.C.Vidanagamachchi, General Manager of Women Development Federation, Hambantota, Ms. Shriyani Mangalika and Officer In Charge (OIC) of Children and Women Bureau DeskIssues in Matara Police Station, Ms. Waruni Bogahawatte were among the guest speakers.
A small entrepreneur sharing her experiences
The guest speakers spoke on a variety of issues including women balancing personal and professional life in an executive position, opportunities and challenges in promoting micro entrepreneurship among poor women and adolescent girls in Matara, Gender Justice: handling issues of Violence Against Women (VAW) and children and MDG 3 – Status of Sri Lanka. The participants called for action by the Chief Secretary of Southern Province and District Secretary Matara to solve issues faced by children and women in the area. The female small and micro entrepreneurs shared their experiences, challenges and lessons learned throughout their journey to success.
The cultural side of life was not forgotten with the conference participants being treated to a performance by local talent. An exhibition was held during the event which showcased the products of micro and small entrepreneurs who took part in the event.