Women MPs wanted a lesser quota than him-Minister
Senior Minister Tissa Vitharana has revealed that during deliberations at the Parliamentary Select Committee on electoral reforms, he had advocated that as much as 30 per cent of seats in elected bodies should be allocated to women, but the women MPs in the committee opted for ten per cent, much to his surprise.
Minister Vitharana made this comment when he addressed a ceremony to launch the document “Sri Lanka Women’s Agenda on Peace, Security and Development”. The minister accepted the document on behalf of the Government from members of the Association of War Affected Women.
The ceremony at the Regency Hotel in Tennekumbura on Friday was also addressed by Nobel Peace Laureate and former Liberian President Legmah Ghowee.
Noting that there was a gender imbalance in various fields, the minister said this could be corrected by more women representation in parliament, municipal councils, pradeshiya sabhas and decision-making institutions.
Prof. Vitharana said the Government alone could not get about with the task of empowering women. The initiative must come from women themselves.
He said the document handed over to him would be given to the President and assured that the Government would try to implement the recommendations in the painstakingly prepared document.The others present at the ceremony included Minister Sumedha Jayasena, parliamentarian Rosie Senanayake, , former parliamentarian Sriyani Daniel
Viskha Dharmadasa, chairperson of the Association of War Affected Women, also addressed the gathering.
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