Let us Proudly Commemorate International Year of Small Scale Fisheries & Aquiculture - 2022

Meeting of the Yogapuram village in Jaffna district

The Jaffna District organization of NAFSO has organized a meeting with 20 Women at Yogapuram village in 30th of July 2020. The group has been discussed about their issues faced by the community members, and possible/ relevant authorities, organizations to approach for address the issues and also share the responsibilities among the community members.

The group considered about their roles and responsibilities as challenging ones in the current COVID crisis though people committed to attend the work. However,Mr.Inbanayagam, the Jaffna district Coordinator said at the meeting that, "Our role as CSO is limited. Unless, you the community members take the leadership of the issues you face, our efforts will be futile. So, we encourage to take the responsibility in to your hands and draw the attention of the authorities while visiting them and appealing to intervene to your issues." 

"However, we are always behind you to make you strong and provide necessary support." added Inbam.While speaking to the group, Ms. Thatsajini, encouraged women to come forward even though there are a number of women headed households facing severe hardships during the COVID crisis."We know you all are helpless as there is very limited income during this Pandemic period. But, anyhow we are surviving. We need to overcome our difficulties and women should come forward strongly. In many other places, women are in the forefront of struggles. We do hope you, women folk come forward to mediate the issues." 
In women 's federation, we speak about many of these issues and find ways to address them collectively. Don't feel we are isolated. We are not isolated.
Majority poor women are in misery and need to work collectively to find solutions. added Tatsajini.Finally, the group agreed to work as a collective of Yogapuram camp and attend an advocacy work with the support of Jaffna District Fisheries Solidarity.