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Women MPs want Select Committee to look into Gender Discrimination

ECONOMYNEXT-The women Members of Parliament want a Select Committee to be appointed to look into gender equity and equality in the country.

The request to Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene has been made by the Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus chaired by State Minister Sudarshini Fernandopulle, a statement issued by Parliament said.

The proposed committee will look into and report to the Parliament its recommendations to ensure gender equity and equality with special emphasis on looking into gender-based discrimination and violations of women’s rights in Sri Lanka.

It has been suggested that the Committee and its Chair should be appointed by the Speaker and that the composition of the proposed Committee should consist of not more than 25 Members.

The report of the Committee is required to be presented to Parliament within a period of one year from the first meeting of the committee and once tabled in Parliament it is expected to be referred to the Minister in charge of the relevant subject to submit their observations and steps taken governing the particulars within a period of eight weeks post being tabled.

The Secretary-General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake said that this notice of motion has been included in the addendum to the Order Book No. 03 of Parliament.

Apart from Fernandopulle, the notice of motion has also been signed by Minister Pavithra Devi Wanniarachchi, State Minister Seetha Arambepola, Members of Parliament Harini Amarasuriya, Rohini Kumari Wijerathna, Thalatha Atukorale, Geetha Kumarasinghe, Kokila Gunawardena, Muditha Prashanthi, Rajika Wickramasinghe, Manjula Dissanayake and Diana Gamage.

The establishment of this Committee has proposed primarily to address the unresolved issues of discrimination on the basis of gender as well as to ensuring that gender equity and equality are promoted and respected and to ensure that all women and girls are empowered in Sri Lanka.

The Women members have set out ten outcomes of the proposed committee including hearing grievances of women on all sorts of gender-based discriminations including employment, promotional opportunities and harassment in the workplace and reviewing and advocating for the allocation of adequate domestic resources in all sectors and at all levels. (Colombo/March04/2021)

Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe

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