Colombo, March 6 (NIA) – Women of today have the capacity and the potential to play a greater role economically, socially and spiritually, Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said here on Monday.
To mark International Women’s Day, Wickremesinghe said that although in Sri Lanka, women were significantly empowered in many ways than their counterparts in the rest of South Asia, their role in domestic and household work had resulted in limitations being imposed on their contribution to the economy.
“As a nation, we must be able to set the stage for her to be accepted, acknowledged and recognised within a wider context; one in which we can truly assure her of an equal position and the rightful place in our society,” Wickremesinghe said.
He added that it was the obligation of the society and the government to ensure that women in Sri Lanka were able to aspire to the kind of empowerment women all over the world have experienced in modern times.
“My hope is that the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day will encourage and facilitate the Sri Lankan woman, towards truly fulfilling the role required of her within a greater economic and a social framework at a national level.”
“This International Women’s Day, may every Sri Lankan woman find the strength within her to successfully overcome challenges and emerge as a confident stake holder of Sri Lanka’s common future.”