Many women fought for the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka's 26-year war. Critical gaps in education, psychological problems, and physical injuries make job opportunities tough to come by.
Sunflowers are covered in snow in the Absam, Austria, on Wednesday after a snow storm came through the region.
The president promised the ethnic minority 'equal rights' during a victory speech Tuesday.
Anger at the military's heavy hand and land seizures rattles a year-old calm in the east, a rare success in a 25-year war.
The island's first elections in two decades had been intended as a test of the peacemaking process with the breakaway fighters.
Saturday's elections in an old Tamil Tiger stronghold offer the prospect of more autonomy and an end to civil war.