Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the current government is committed to increase female representation in politics and is formulating required laws and enacting them to increase the number of women in local governments.
Speaking at a function held Tuesday to launch the program “Eyata Balayak – Ratata Venasak” to raise awareness about women’s representation at the Local Government Election, the President said the lack of female representation in politics is a critical concern.
“Though the women’s representation in the government service is at a proper level it is a critical issue that there is a shortage of their representation in political and constitutional sectors,” he said.
The President, pointing out the many problems faced by women and how they cope with them, said the current government fully acknowledges the importance of women’s representation.
Noting that women’s representation in the developed countries is at the same level to that of men or even above, President Sirisena said women’s representation is of paramount importance in fulfilling the objectives of political parties, in order to develop a healthy nation.
President Sirisena introduced the theme badge of the program and opened a Facebook page on it.
The report on the awareness programs carried out island-wide and the list of signatories were presented to the President by Minister Faizer Mustafa at this occasion.
Ministers Chandrani Bandara, Thalatha Athukorala, Deputy Minister Ministers Anoma Gamage and the State Minister Sudarshini Fernandopulle and the Chief Minister Isura Devapriya, Ambassadors and Foreign Diplomats were among those participated in this occasion.