WE CAN Campaign Alliance will launch a 16-day drive today (25) emphasising the need to end violence against women.
The campaign will take place in Colombo, Matara and the northern and eastern provinces including LTTE-held areas. `Throughout the campaign, White Bands with the slogan End Violence Against Women will be distributed by us,` spokesperson Manori Perera Gunatilleke told The Island yesterday.
In Colombo the White Bands can be collected at Cargills outlets (Majestic City, Staple street, Mt.Lavinia Big City, Park Road, Nawala, Nugegoda and Palwatte and Odel near Town Hall. In the provinces these can be collected from Oxfam offices.
Ms. Gunatilleke said that their campaign would focus primarily on domestic violence. `We are concerned about growing violence,` she said referring to what she termed as violence in relationship. Fielding questions, she emphasised that their campaign would not tackle the forcible recruitment, training and deployment of girls, the majority of them being students. `That is a different issue and should be tackled separately,` she asserted, declining to comment on the use of women suicide cadres, in some cases against women as in the case of assassination bid on former President Chandrika Kumaratunga.
WE CAN Campaign Alliance is funded by the British Charity Oxfam. Ms. Gunatilleke emphasised that they would not get involved in a contentious political-security issue.
The LTTE lost thousands of women cadres in action. Dozens died in human bomb attacks including the last suicide bomber who blasted herself at the Kollupitiya police station during the Norwegian-brokered Cease-fire Agreement.