International Women’s day was celebrated under the theme of “Strong Women for Sustainable Future” by Women Affairs Unit of Provincial Ministry of Health on 09th March 2016 in Jaffna Weerasingam Hall.
Mr.S.Thiruvakaran, Secretary to the Provincial Ministry of Health chaired the event. Chief Minister of Northern Province Justice C.V.Wigneswaran graced the occasion as Chief Guest. State Minister of Child Affairs Vijayakala Maheswaran and Provincial Minister of Health Dr.P.Sathiyalingam participated as Special Guests and Indian Consul General A. Nadarajan participated as Guest of Honour.
Mrs.Kokila Mahendran delivered the special speech on “Strong Women for Sustainable Future” and Women’s Rights Activist Mrs. P.S.Ajitha deleivered her speech on “Women’s Rights and Challenges in Re-Awakening”. Mr. Pon.Singam explained about “Identifing and documenting the needs of affected women in Northern Province”.
Also Women Affairs Unit of Ministry of Health conducted a open short film competition on social issues related on sexual abuse and child abuse, social vision of widows and challenges faced by the women headed families. Selected short films Shanthi, Avasthai and Vinavu were screened. The winners were awarded in this event.
Provincial Ministry of Health released 3 films Vadu, Kaavu and Kedu with the coordination of Jaffna University Drama & Theatre Arts regarding on problems faced by women using the social networks, young pregnancy and drugs and alcohol addiction causes problems in families.