The High Commissioner to Canada in Sri Lanka Shelley Whiting while addressing an event this past week said that Canadian government recognizes the difficulties of reconciliation in the post-war era yet fully supports an inclusive dialog.

Whiting was speaking at an event hosted by the Rana Viru Seva Authority and co-hosted by the National Christian Evangelical Alliance meant to highlight the woes of war widows.

“The implementation of the LLRC is a welcome step but we understand that it cannot be done overnight,” she said.

Speaking on the plight of war widows she highlighted that there is an appalling rise in atrocities against women in the recent past.

“I am told that there are 100,000 war widows and nearly 1/4 of all households are headed by women,” she said. “To refer to these women as victims of war ignores their role as actors and catalyst of change.”