Zonta Club of Colombo III partners with local women for a mural representing their dedication to ending violence against women

Slave Island, located within the city of Colombo, Sri Lanka, is one of the busiest commercial areas in the city, with a large number of households crammed in between commercial enterprises. The area comprises a unique multi-ethnic, multi-cultural community, who are hard workers and survivors in the big city.

The Zonta Club of Colombo III partnered with these unique ladies to create a wall mural depicting and relating to the uniqueness and resilience of the women in this special community and to inspire them to stand up to violence against women.

The Zonta club celebrated these ladies by making it a day of fun, learning and empowerment with events flowing into each other, a song and dance session, and a simultaneous workshop educating them on the rights of women in standing up to violence against women, conducted by eminent lawyers and police officers of the Women and Children’s Bureau of the Sri Lanka Police.

After the completion of the mural, all Zontians and the ladies of the community put their palm prints on the wall depicting themselves as part of the mural and as a sign of their contribution and commitment to stand up to violence against women.

The palm prints of the local ladies as part of the mural in the locality will continue to be a source of inspiration and a constant reminder of their collective effort to raise awareness within their community with their own participation.

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