The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Bahrain celebrated the International Women’s Day, in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Women’s Association in Bahrain, at the Embassy premises on 10 March 2023.
Ambassador designate to Bahrain H.M.G.R.R.K. Wijeratne Mendis delivered the International Women’s Day message of President Ranil Wickremesinghe, and extended her sincere congratulations and best wishes to all participants, especially the women. She highlighted the importance of the occasion and the significant role played by the women in Sri Lanka in the country's progress and prosperity. Ambassador designate Mendis emphasized on the extraordinary contribution made by Sir Lankan female migrant workers and their noteworthy contribution to the economic and social development of the country. The Embassy also awarded certificates of appreciation to Sri Lankan female migrant workers who have been serving in Bahrain for more than 25 years.
Head of the Migrant Workers Protection Society in Bahrain Evone Baskaran emphasized that women have equal rights in social, economic, political and judicial sectors, and the power to fight for what is right. She also elaborated the rules and regulations of immigration and the Labour Market Regulatory Authority in Bahrain for the benefit of the female migrant workers in the audience. Member of the Sri Lankan Women’s Association Meera Alwis made a presentation highlighting the significant contribution of female domestic workers to the families and societies of Sri Lanka and Bahrain.
In parallel to the event, a trade exhibition & fair was organized by the Embassy with the participation of Sri Lankan women entrepreneurs and Sri Lankan business women in Bahrain, where their paintings, handicrafts, batik and jewelry products were displayed. The event ended with colorful cultural items performed by the Sri Lankan community in Bahrain representing Thiranga Kala dancing academy and the Sri Lankan Buddhist & Catholic Associations. A large number from the Sri Lankan community and other guests attended this event.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
22 March 2023