Wednesday, June 17, 2015

by Melani Manel Perera
With so many fathers and older brothers killed during the country’s civil war, many teenaged boys have to quit school in northern Sri Lanka in order to work in support of their families. According to the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA), known child workers top 107,000.

Colombo (AsiaNews) – Muththaiyah Dharshan, a 17-year-old teenager from Jaffna, has not been able to go school since the end of the civil war in 2009. For years, he has worked as a labourer on construction sites in order to provide for his family. With ten mouths to feed, his wages are all that keeps them away from hunger.
Dharshan is not alone. He is one of the more than 107,000 children and teenagers forced to work in Sri Lanka, at least according to official data provided by the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA). According to human rights activists, the actual figure is probably much higher.
On World Day against Child Labour (12 June), Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the government plans to introduce measures to help the poorest families so that their children might also receive a quality education.
In Sri Lanka, the school is compulsory up to the age 18 years. However, it is not uncommon in poor communities for children to quit to help their parents.
As Darshan’s case shows, the situation is especially widespread in north-eastern Sri Lanka, where the civil war was the most intense.
In addition, female-headed households tend to be disproportionately affected by child labour because of the loss of fathers, husbands and older brothers in the civil war.

"I can only speak for the five northern districts where we work,” said Lavina Hashanti, coordinator of the women's section for the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (NAFSO), “but I see many children forced to work because they need money as a result of the death of their fathers or brothers in the war. It is sad.”
“It is unusual to see families where all the children go to school,” she told AsiaNews. “If there are four children, only two or three will receive an education. Inevitably, one will have to go to work to support his family."
"Most stop when they are 13 or 14 years old,” added the activist. “Typically, they find employment in fishing or farming. And what they earn goes to support their family.”
“I remember one kid in Kopaweli, Batticaloa. He was 14 years -old and had to give up school to allow his older brother to study. He now looks after cattle.”

Friday, June 12, 2015

Marumalachchi women federation  of District Fisheries and Agriculture Solidarity Movement in Batticoloa District stage a protest and march on Human elephant coexistence issues,  Land & House issues and demanding basic needs. The protest and march was organized at Batticaloa twon yesterday more than 200 women representing from Kithul, Sarvodayanagar, Welikakandi, Thumpalaicholai, Urukamam and Kopaveli villages. Women'and Men leaders and activists from  NAFSO national office and Batticaloa staff were participated. 




The Group of Women Headed Families and Internally Displaced People met C. Vigneshwaran, the Northern Province Chief Minister on 5.6.2015 in his office at Jaffna.
The team discussed about the issues still remain and affect to their lives and livelihoods.
Lavena Hasanthi, the women's coordinator of NAFSO facilitated the dialogue and shared her views at the end of the meeting with CM, "the meeting was cordial and CM is ready to assist the war affected people. There will be an attention from CM's office for the submitted livelihood development plan for WHF."
NAFSO facilitated to draft a development program proposal for WHF and submitted to CM's office in early February.
There is a hope that CM's office would assist the WHF.
At the same time the IDP's are returning to their land after 25 years even without any basic facilities. No water, shelter, security for the returnees as all the basic facilities are no more in the villages. There should be a special attention paid for the welbeing of the people. Housing, water and livelihioods are the basic needs of the people.
People expected and urged from the CM for mediate the issues they face and address them with speedy actions.

පූන්තලිර් යාපන දිස්ති‍්‍රක් කාන්තා කමිටුවේ සමාජිකාවන් උතුරේ  මහා ඇමතිතුමා සමග සාකච්ජාව

1990 සිට සුභ සාධක කදවුරුවල ජිවත්වන ජනතාව ඔවුන්ගේ මුල් ඉඩම්වල පදිංචි කිරීම සහ ඔවුන් මුහුණ දෙන මුලික අවශ්යතා පිළිබද ගැටළුවලට කඩිනම් විසදුමක් ලබා දෙන ලෙස ඉල්ලා යාපනය දිස්තිරක් ධීවර සහයෝගීතා ව්යාපාරයේ ,පූන්තලිර් ගෘහමුලික කාන්තා දිස්තිරක් සංවිධානය විසින් පෙත්සමක් සකස්කර පූන්තලිර් යාපන දිස්තිරක් කාන්තා කමිටුවේ සමාජිකයින් සහ යාපනය දිස්තිරක්  ධීවර සහයෝගීතාවයේ උතුරු නැගෙනහිර වැඩසටහන් සම්බන්ධීකාර සහ කාන්තා වැඩසටහන් සම්බන්ධීකාරිකා ඇතුලු පිරිස එම පෙත්සම මහා ඇමතිතුමාට භාර දෙන ලදී.



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