WPC requests Speaker to appoint committee
A letter has been sent to Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, requesting for the appointment of a Special Parliamentary Committee (SPC), to look into discrimination against women and violations of women’s rights and make necessary recommendations to ensure gender equality.
This letter has been submitted with the signatures of all the female Members of Parliament.
The request has been made by the Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus (WPC) chaired by State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID Disease Control Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle.
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 not more than 25 Members.
The report of the Committee is required to be presented in 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 be taken governing the particulars within a period of eight weeks post tabling.
The Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake said, this notice of motion has been included in to the addendum to the Order Book No. 03 of Parliament.
Apart from the Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus chair, Dr. Fernandopulle, the notice of motion has also been signed by Minister Pavithra Devi Wanniarachchi, State Minister Dr. 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 the discriminated, on the basis of gender as well as ensuring gender equity and equality are promoted and respected and to ensure, all women and girls are empowered in Sri Lanka.