International Women’s Day 2008

Women’s Organizations United to Celebrate International Women’s Day 2008
8th March 2008,Colombo
A network involving more than 25 women’s organizations under the name “Women’s Organizations United to Celebrate International Women’s Day” organized a symposium, a protest march and a demonstration on 8th March 2008. The symposium was held at the Mahaweli Centre in Colombo and discussed issues concerning the current political situation, the war and its effect on women, the economic crisis and rising cost of living, increased violence against women and media repression. A Women’s Day statement was also issued in English, Sinhala and Tamil.

After the symposium, the protest march which was attended by more than 2000 women activists began from Victoria Park, proceeded along Alexandra Road and culminated at the Lipton Circle, where a demonstration and picket was held. Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim women from all parts of the country attended this march.