The first group of 54 Army women de-miners was awarded with certificates of proficiency at a ceremony held at the Army Headquarters on Thursday (08 Sep).
According to Army media sources Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage presented certificates to the group of women de-miners that included 3 lady officers and 51 women soldiers who had completed an internationally-acclaimed humanitarian de-mining course.
The initial course for women de-miners commenced at the Engineers' Brigade Headquarters in Boo Oya in late December last year (2021) while the second course commenced at the 10 Field Engineers HQ in Mailaddy, Jaffna in early June this year (2022), it says.
It is expected that this group of Army women de-miners will be assigned to humanitarian demining work in the country and with the experience thus acquired could gain opportunity for demining work under UN Peacekeeping Missions, it says.
Director General General Staff, Major General SUMN Manage and Commander, Security Forces - Jaffna and Colonel Commandant of Sri Lanka Engineers, Major General WMGCSB Wijayasundara also gave away certificates following the Army Commander.