The President says nation-building is possible only through a union of like-minded patriots

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President Maithripala Sirisena says nation-building is possible only through a union of like-minded persons with patriotism. According to him, the SLFP should give leadership towards such an effort.

The President made these remarks in a speech to an International Women’s Day celebration at Vihara Maha Devi Park, organized by the women’s Front of the SLFP. He also stressed the need for measures to prevent abuse against women. The President lamented the lack of interest shown in this regard by groups that claimed to appear for women.

Also speaking here, former President Chandrika Kumaratunga said there should be a 25 per cent women’s representation at parliamentary and provincial council elections. She urged all SLFP supporters to support the Bandaranaike policies.

General secretary of the SLFP Dayasiri Jayasekera noted that only 38 per cent of women contributed to the workforce although 54 per cent of girls pursued higher education. He stressed the need for a better contribution by them to the country’s workforce.

On International Women’s Day, he focuses the plight of Sri Lankan housemaids overseas.

President Maithripala Sirisena says he is personally against sending women to work as housemaids overseas. He says their lives are not satisfactory although they earn the highest foreign remittances for Sri Lanka. The President points out that politicians and bureaucrats lead luxurious lives due to the labours of such women. He was speaking at a ceremony at Salgado Stadium in Anuradhapura to mark International Women’s Day.

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