Conflict-Affected Women in Sri Lanka – Still Waiting For Answers
By Rajani Iqbal - Fri May 18, 2:04 am
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Featured image from a visit to Sellamma, a Puthukudiyiruppu returnee who sells kotta kilangu to make a living
There has been a marked increase in female-headed households in the North and East of the country as a consequence of the war in Sri Lanka concluded in 2009. Women in Sri Lanka sometimes refuse to identify themselves as “head” of their households as they fulfil a father’s role for their children. They then become the chief householder of their residence. A considerable number of women victims of the war are very young – some of them are those who got married when they were as young as 15 years of age. These households continue to face many problems in spite of the meager attempts made by the government to alleviate them. They remain marginalised, neglected and vulnerable.
Among them are many women who have lost their husbands after having surrendered them to the army during the final days of the war. Among them are ex-combatant women who continue to be under surveillance by the army….