Press Release: In commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2022

On the 3rd of December 2022, Sri Lanka commemorated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The global theme for this year’s commemoration was ‘Transformative Solutions for Inclusive Development: the role of innovation in fueling an accessible and equitable world’ which also falls in line with the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development…

Parliament turns orange against Gender-Based Violence (GBV)

⊿ President, Prime Minister, Speaker and other public representatives stand in unity with the Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus for Global Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) ⊿ A wristband given to Parliamentarians with the message “Let’s Unite to end Gender Based Violence” as a sign of support. A number of activities were held in Parliament today (01)…

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV)

UNITE! Activism to End Violence against Women and Girls: Women Parliamentarians Stand in Unity with the Global Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) With the current economic crisis, Sri Lanka is facing new vulnerabilities. Even prior to the crisis, women and the girl child did not enjoy complete freedom, opportunities and safety due to the grave…

Finalize the Women Empowerment Bill within the first six months of next year – President instructs the Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus attending its special meeting held

President Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe instructed the Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus to finalize the Gender Equality and Women Empowerment Bill within the first six months of next year. The President stated the above while presiding the special meeting held at Parliament recently (15) to review the current progress and future activities of the Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus of…

Proposed Bill entitled “Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment” focused at the Select Committee of Parliament

The Select Committee of Parliament to look into and report to Parliament its recommendations to ensure gender equity and equality with special emphasis on looking into gender based discriminations and violations of women’s rights in Sri Lanka held discussions regarding the progress of drafting the proposed Bill entitled “Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment” followed by…

Resilience coupled with creativity can breed success – Celebrating the International Day of the Girl Child: Hon. Sudarshini Fernandopulle, Chairperson of the Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus

Today’s girl child is a woman tomorrow. Our future therefore is today. As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the International Day of the Girl Child on 11th October 2022, we, as Sri Lankans, amidst a severe economic crisis, must be cautious of the realities of the girl child in order to protect her rights.…

Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus request the Hon. Speaker to increase the representation of women in the National Council

A letter was handed over to the Hon. Speaker by the Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus requesting to increase representation of women in granting membership of the newly established National Council. This letter has been delivered to the Speaker of Parliament Hon. Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana by the Chairperson of the Women Parliamentarian’s Caucus, Member of Parliament Hon.…

Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus examine the 22nd Amendment Bill from a Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) perspective

Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus held discussions regarding the matters related to the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution from a Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) perspective recently (06) in Parliament. The discussion was held at a meeting of the Women Parliamentarian’s Caucus chaired by Hon. (Dr.) Sudarshani Fernandopulle, Member of Parliament. Whilst highlighting the Salient features…