A special awareness programme was held in Parliament recently with the participation of civil rights activists and female representatives of Local Government.
Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa also participated in this programme organised by the Communication Department of the Parliament to improve female participation in politics.
The programme was coordinated by People’s Action For Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) and sponsored by the National Democratic Institute.
Chief of Staff and Deputy Secretary General Parliament Kushani Rohanadheera, Director Legislative Services and Director Communications (Acting) Janakantha Silva, G. Thatchanarany Director (Administration) Parliament, Serjeant-at-Arms Narendra Fernando, Rohana Hettiarachchi, Executive Director of PAFFREL, Nimmi Hathialdeniya, Media Manager of Parliament and Buddhini Ramanayake, Public Outreach Manager were resource persons at this event.
The programme covered various topics including the role of women in democratic governance, parliamentary affairs including legislation, standing orders and the role of an MP. The programme was conducted in both Sinhala and Tamil languages.
The programme also included a special tour of the Parliament.