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Women's Day marked in North-East with demonstrations against sexual violence

Marking International Women's Day, women's organisations held a demonstrations in Jaffna and Batticaloa on Tuesday, demanding an end to sexual violence against women and children. The demonstration comes after a number of incidents of sexual violence against Tamil girls by Tamil men in the North-East.

Batticaloa

Holding placards and black flags, demonstrators demanded an end to sexual violence against women and girls.

The protest took place by the Mahatma Gandhi park in Batticaloa.

 

Jaffna


The silent demonstration, which took place at the Palali Road - Parameshwara junction by the University of Jaffna, featured women dressed in black and holding black flags.

In a statement, the demonstrators declared the day as a 'dark day', demanding justice for the sexual violence against women and children.

"A country that is violent against women is dark," the women's groups said.

"So, we all declare this March 8 as Dark Day

• We do not accept violence against women and children in our communities.

• We will not be those who commit violence against women and children.

• We will not allow our men to be perpetrators of violence against women and children.

• We will not stop until we get justice for violence against women and children."