India-Sri Lanka sign Women Empowerment MoU

India and Sri Lanka yesterday signed an MoU to set up a Women’s Community Learning Centre in Ampara.

The project envisages imparting vocational training to war affected, destitute women in the district in the areas of garment making and agro-food processing.

The project will impart livelihood skills as well as capacity building which will lead to the socio-economic empowerment of women in the target areas. 20 Master trainees and 100 grassroot trainees will be trained under the project.

The project will be implemented over two years.

The MoU was signed at the Indian High Commission by High Commissioner Y. K. Sinha and Women and Child Affairs Ministry Secretary Chandrani Senaratne. The ceremony was presided over by Women and Child Affairs Minister Chandrani Bandara.

The Indian government has implemented a similar project in Batticaloa, since June 2010.

Under the Batticaloa project, more than 1,500 war affecte, destitute women have been trained from the Batticaloa District in seven vocational areas – Textiles and Garments, Surface ornamentation, Agro food processing, Computers, Enterprise Development, Solar lantern and Roof rain water harvesting.

Source: Daily News. Date: 8 June 2016