Its women who could defeat extremism and establish national unity as the women have been ordained with a universal responsibility by nature says the President of ‘Women for rights’ organization Saroja Paulraj.
Ms Paulraj made this observation addressing a seminar organized by ‘Women for Rights’ at Moratuwa under the theme ‘Let’s defeat extremism & build national unity’.
She said no mother has the right to be communal as a mother gives birth to a child as a fruit of love. She says love gives life but doesn’t sustain extremism. Ms Paulraj said the Easter Sunday attack targeted the heart of our society and the bombs exploded piercing the hearts that were hurt in a 30-year war.
She emphasized that religions are no longer spiritual factors but have become the tools of capitalism. She said religion is marketed among those who raise the symbols of their religions and added that the competition that exists in selling goods could be seen among religions as well.
She said religious leaders have become very active brand marketers who compete to sell their brands.
The reactionism that surfaces within the neo-liberal economy should be understood correctly as there are no isolated solutions to overcome the threat from such a system and added that the existing system should be completely defeated.
Renowned writer Sammani Wijesinghe, Ms Rashmitha Fathima of Muslim Women’s Research Institute, the General Secretary of ‘Women for Rights Samanmalee Gunasinghe and the Member of its Executive Committee Ms Vishaka Abeyratna also addressed the seminar.