Ex-Army Women’s Association President bags the Asian Arab Award

(L-R): Nirmal Coswatte; Award recipient Lt. Col. Manthri Coswatte (Retd); Founder President of SLEAWA Maj. Ramani Kangaraarachchi (Retd) and two others.

Lt. Col. Manthri Coswatte (Retd), the incumbent president of Sri Lanka Ex-Army Women’s Association (SLEAWA), received the prestigious Asian Arab Awards recently under the category Peace and Activism at Hotel Taj Krishna in Hyderabad, India.

The event focused on improving trade and investment to collaborate with communities and build an inclusive culture. The three-day Summit and Awards Gala was attended by delegates from more than 29 countries from the Asian Arab continent.

“This is not only an individual recognition for me but also to all the women peace keepers who made the supreme sacrifice of protecting the sovereignty and integrity of our mother land,” said Lt. Col. Coswatte. “This international award is a timely intervention and an honor to SLEAWA as it enters its Silver Jubilee year in 2020”, the State Poorna Bhoomi Awardee further added.

Sri Lanka Ex-Army Women’s Association was formed under the patronage of Deshamanya General Denis Perera to continue the sisterhood of Espirit De Corps and to promote training programmes, skilled development and other socio-economic welfare projects dedicated for the wellbeing of retired army women soldiers.

Manthri Coswatte was the first Officer of the Sri Lanka Army Women’s Corps to be posted for duties in the operation area in 1993 during the 30-year-war against terrorism. Lt. Col. Coswatte is married to a fellow senior Sri Lankan military officer who is also currently retired. They are blessed with a daughter, a law graduate who promotes gender equality and human rights within Sri Lanka.