Written by Nathasha De Alwis
11 Mar, 2018 | 10:01 pm
COLOMBO (News 1st) – A ceremony to celebrate International Women’s Day that was held on the 8th of March took place in Colombo today.
The event was organized by the Tourism Study Programs, Department of Economics and the University of Colombo.
Speaking at the event Mayor-elect of Colombo Municipal Council, Rosy Senanayake said the following.
“In the school curriculum, we teach numeracy and literacy. But do we teach how to empathize and how to understand humanity? No, we don’t. Do we teach values? We don’t. There is no space in the school curriculum for that.” – Mayor-elect Rosy Senanayake
Furthermore, she stated that this is because there is no point in winning the entire world and be very successful economically or otherwise if people do not have the heart to reach out and think of the other person and to share compassion and love. If people cannot empathize people have failed.
Ambassador of Netherlands to Sri Lanka, Joanne Doornewaard was also present at the event today (March 11).
“It is our moral duty to approve the position of women and girls all around the world. Because women’s rights are human rights, and need to be guaranteed everywhere in the world.” – Amb. Joanne Doornewaard
Further Ambassador Doorneward stated that despite the fact that almost all the countries including Sri Lanka are pivotal to the convention of the elimination of all forms for discrimination against women, many women still face violence.
“We see participation and decision making the power of women as an important step towards solving the challenges in the world.” – Amb. Joanne Doornewaard
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