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Sunday, July 22, 2012

National Conference on the Role of Women in Reconciliation

National Conference on the Role of Women in Reconciliation
Organized by the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for  International Relations and
Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS)
23rd July , 2012, 13:30hrs Onwards
Venue : Auditorium, LKIIRSS, No. 24 Horton Place, Colombo 7

Session I
Chaired by: Mr. Asanga Abeyagoonesekera, Executive Director/LKIIRSS
Lighting of the Oil Lamp & National Anthem

Welcome Address

Mr. Asanga Abeyagoonesekera, Executive Director, LKIIRSS 
Creating a Harmonious Society: The Role of Women in Sri Lanka
Prof. Rohan Gunaratna, Head, ICPVTR, Singapore

14. 30
Improving psychological and physical health of women and children in North and East
Dr. Sudarshani Fernandopullai, Specialist Medical Officer and Member of Parliament
'Do Women play a role in Sri Lanka’s ‘Reconciliation’? : Gender dynamics in the transition from war to peace.
Dr. Sepali Kottegoda,  Executive Director,  Women and Media Collective
Family Support Services: skills development and capacity building of war widows in Sri Lanka
Major General Dr Dudley Perera USP, Chairman, Ranaviru Family Counseling & Support Services (RFCSS), Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Military Hospital, Colombo
15. 30
Q & A

Session II – Social Integration and Women Empowerment- The Way Forward
Moderator: Ms. Shyamala Gomez , Lawyer Activist and Programme Advisor, FOKUS Women
Micro Financing and Women Empowerment in North and East
Ms. Mudhitha Samadhani Kiriwandeniya, Deputy Chairman, Sanasa Development Bank
Social Integration Initiatives for war affected women and children in NE: Experience of the Ministry of Child Development and Women Affairs
Ms. Sumithra Rahubadda, Former Secretary, Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Affairs.

Topic TBC
Mr. Chandula Abeyawickrama, Deputy General Manager-Development Banking, HNB
Impact of Performing Arts on Reconciliation
Ms. Anoja Weerasinghe, Actress, Founder of Abhina Academy of Performing Arts.
Women’s Role in Reconciling Communities
Ms. Kumari Grero, Coordinating Principal, Lyceum International
Q & A

Vote of Thanks
Mr. Asanga Abeyagoonasekera, Executive Director, LKIIRSS
Networking Session

In Words

Loved and mentored by parents with values and discipline and a passion for good English; guided by teachers who wouldn't spare the rod to ensure excellence; copywriter; on-line journalist; editor-in-chief; and at long last, giving into the passion; Freelance Writer.

Nurtured in advertising and PR from freelance copywriter to account director and agency head; engaged throughout to humanitarian work in NGOs including the Red Cross and the UNDP; and experienced in both public and private sectors.

Looking forward to a future of writing on diverse subjects; sharing knowledge and experience; enriching the lives of others; but most of all, acquiring more knowledge and using it to make the world a better place for all.

More of my writing:
* Fuelling the Peace Process * Concepts for decentralisation of government * PEACE: Is it still an elusive dream? * Interview with the late Major General Trond Furuhovde first Head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission * How polar bears are affected by global warming * Red Cross takes lead in clean water for Sri Lanka flood victims * The poorest hardest hit by Sri Lanka floods *