Minister Thalatha Atukorala has won the Woman of the Year Golden Award at the professional Women’s Award Ceremony in Colombo. The award has been presented in recognition of her services to immigrant workers and for her achievements in the political field. Minister Thalatha Atukorala came in to politics in 2004, following the death of Minister Gamini Atukorala. She has obtained highest number of preferential votes from the UNP in the Ratnapura District. She became the Minister of Foreign Employment in 2015 and rendered many services and programmes for the welfare of immigrant workers.