FIRST gender focal point conference on advancing women and child development

B82A5721The Colombo Plan Gender Affairs Programme successfully launched its first Gender Focal Point Conference with the participation of senior level delegates from 20 Colombo Plan member countries. Upon its inception, the Gender Affairs Programme invited the member countries to nominate 2 focal points each to facilitate the objectives of the Gender Affairs Programme in each member country.

B82A5751Women and child advancement and empowerment is among the most outstanding agent to the actualization of a country’s progress and beyond. Across the Asia Pacific countries that have made great strides, gender inequality, educational, livelihood, social and economic gap and vulnerability still exists.

The two day conference held at Hilton Colombo was inaugurated by Minister of Women and Child Affairs, Hon. Chandrani Bandara with the presence of distinguished guests representing various ministries, embassies and high commissions in Sri Lanka. The welcome note by Dr. Sheeba Harma, Director of the Gender Affairs Programme was followed by the Guest speech of the Hon. Minister and the address of the gathering by H.E Mr. Kunichimo Suganuma, Ambassador of Japan and President of the Colombo Plan Council.  The Inauguration ceremony was concluded with the vote of thanks by H.E. Mr. Kinley Dorji, the Secretary General,  of the Colombo Plan Secretariat.

Visiting dignitaries and participants from Ministers, Secretary, Under Secretary, Advisor and Chief Director levels from various Women Ministries and Departments across member countries shared their inputs towards creating a gender equality perspective in the region on development goals.

It is hoped that the conference will further lead to Action Plans from all member states which will serve as a roadmap for future cooperation to ensure women and child development across the region.

Furthermore, the Colombo Plan Gender Affairs Programme would like to extend the sincere gratitude to all the collaborating parties of Sri Lanka including the Ministry of Women Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of National Policy and Economic Affairs and Department of Cultural Affairs for the support extended to the programme. 

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