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Thursday, 15 March 2012 17:33

Coordinated by the Women's Education and Research Centre (WERC), a handful of marginalized from various communities were given vocational and life skills training, provided with a trishaw (three-wheeler), and organized into small collectives for financial accountability and group support. The trishaws were handed over to these deserving women on March 8th in Jaffna, Sri Lanka in commemoration of International Women's Day. These women are not only empowered to now provide for themselves and their families, they are also breaking down gender stereotypes and norms about the role of women in society and challenging the male-dominated order of this profession. It also has the potential to enhance the mobility and sense of security of women passengers, particularly those that travel alone. This project was supported by both IMHO USA and IMHO Canada, amongst other donors.


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