Sanga, Mahela join EU to raise awareness on violence against women

24 October 2016 04:35 pm - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The European Union (EU) delegation to Sri Lanka will partner with cricketing legends Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara to raise awareness on Violence Against Women (VAW), the Union said today.

Mahela and Kumar have joined the EU Delegation to help put an end to VAW in Sri Lanka through the 'Let's Hit Violence Against Women for a Six' campaign which will be launched on November 25 to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

"We are delighted to have Kumar and Mahela as our EU envoys," Counsellor Paul Godfrey said.

"Violence against women is a very serious and deep-rooted problem in Sri Lanka. Unfortunately, studies have indicated that perhaps half of women in Sri Lanka have experienced some form of violence. But speaking out in public about the problem has been taboo. The decision by Mahela and Kumar to make a stand on the issue will help make it acceptable to talk about these issues in public as a way of raising awareness about and ultimately, eliminating Violence against women,”

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  • Wise Donkey Monday, 24 October 2016 04:50 PM

    While appreciating your move we also request you to organize a movement to bring the crime rate under control in our own country. Hardly a day passes without a person at least being murdered, robbed, kidnapped in addition to the vast amount of drugs being smuggled into our country. We cannot expect the politicians to do something about these ever rising crime. Please do involve your own country as it is said 'charity begins at home' God bless you.

    Coconut Republic Monday, 24 October 2016 04:58 PM

    I'm in too! Keep up your good work

    Aquarius Monday, 24 October 2016 06:09 PM

    If "Wise Donkey" really understood the article, it is to bring awareness and help end Violence against Women in Sri Lanka. Clearly they are Sri Lankans and doing it for their own and that is 'charity begins at home'!

    Manamperi Monday, 24 October 2016 07:16 PM

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    Mario Tuesday, 25 October 2016 11:13 AM

    Kumar and Mahela have done a lot for the country, through sports and charity. This is the latest. You can't expect them to do everything. Others also should stand up and be counted without hiding behind the doers.


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