International Women’s Day began as an annual tradition more than 100 years ago initially as a way to honor women’s role in labor, advocate for political rights, and end discrimination in the workplace. Every year on March 8, people around the world reflect on the progress women have made, celebrate acts of courage and determination by women making a difference in their communities and countries, and urge greater effort to ensure the success of women. In countries everywhere, when women succeeds, society as a whole succeeds. When girls and women are educated, entire societies are educated, and flourish.
Representatives from the Embassy of the United States of America and senior Sri Lankan officials presided at the February 18 signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between dairy farmers, CIC Dairies, and Milk Industries of Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd. The MoU will help dairy farmers in Polonnaruwa to increase their milk sales. The Honorable Minister of Rural Economic Affairs P Harrison joined USAID Acting Mission Director Reed Aeschliman at the ceremony, where farmers also received equipment from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to help increase milk production.
Parliament participated in a U.S.-supported workshop to help Members of Parliament better hear and address the concerns of their constituencies. This training, conducted in both Sinhala and Tamil, is part of the approximately 73 million LKR ($509,000) project from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to assist the Sri Lankan Parliament become more effective and responsive to the people they represent.
For the past 60 years, the Government and the people of the United States have demonstrated a strong commitment to assisting Sri Lanka in achieving sustainable development for a stable, democratic, and prosperous nation.
The Embassy of the United States of America launched the Youth Farmer Development program in Trincomalee last week through a partnership with the Ministry of Provincial Agriculture and Animal Production and Development (Eastern Province), the Office of the Government Agent, CIC Agribusiness, and Hatton National Bank.
Last updated: August 26, 2016