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Caritas gets women to take the lead
Male shortage means widows and single females need to be able to handle village affairs themselvesFather Eric Roshan, the parish priest of St Anthonyâ€™s church in Alampil village, with resettled parishioners
- ucanews.com reporter, Jaffna
- Sri Lanka
- May 11, 2011
According to Caritas, many villages around Jaffna now have predominately female populations because thousands of men were killed during the war, thousands of others left the country and because thousands are still being kept in displacement camps.
Caritas has therefore begun to form womenâ€™s groups in every parish in Kilinochchi deanery and is conducting leadership programs for single women, including war widows, to train them in different fields including planning, administration and counseling.
â€śWomen have to break the chain of traditional thought, be the bread winnersÂ and should handle everything,â€ť said Father Arulanandam Johnaly Yavis, head of Caritas in Kilinochchi
â€śThat means even handling legal issues,â€ť he said.
Caritas says ten groups have already been formed in Mulankavil, Valaipadu and Poonery villages in Kilinochchi district. Each group consists of 25 women.
According to Raveendran Nesananthini, administrative officer of Kilinochchi deanery, Caritas along with officials from Department of Planning and Disaster Management are also enlightening the womenâ€™s groups in many fields including human rights issues, banking and law.
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