Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus (WPC) in Sri Lanka is a unique parliamentary mechanism that unites women parliamentarians from diverse political parties, geographical locations, ethnic and religious groups together under one objective – empowerment of women and elimination of all forms of violence and harassment against women and girls- and functions as the highest decision making body on gender while advocating for legal and policy matters for achieving gender equality in Sri Lanka.

The strategies of the Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus include increasing the participation of women in politics, safeguarding women’s rights and gender equality, preventing all sorts of violations and harassments against women, looking into the welfare of the women workers including the migrant workers, poverty alleviation among underprivileged women & widows and providing them with vocational training and facilities.

Improving education among women, looking into the health related problems of the women, providing legal aids and counseling, enacting legislation for the betterment of the women and contributing to the development of the country in general are also strategies of the Women Caucus.

The Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus conducts its activities through advocacy in Parliament, coordinated activities with the women Provincial Councilors and Members of the Local Government Bodies, awareness programmes, workshops, trainings and conferences and outreach activities at district levels.

The Caucus has been working throughout the past 14 years very successfully without any political differences, it was able to make a significant impact in the country. The Caucus had also created a network of partnership with the women Provincial Councilors and Members of the Local Government Bodies, Government Ministries, Departments and Institutions, United Nations Agencies, Local & International Civil Society Organizations and individual professionals.

All 12 Women Parliamentarians’ are members of the Caucus. The Hon (Dr.) (Mrs.) Sudarshini Fernandopulle, State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID Disease Control, is the Chairperson of the Caucus while the Hon. (Dr.) (Mrs.) Seetha Arambepola State Minister of Skills Development, Vocational Education, Research and Innovation and Hon. (Mrs.) Rohini Kumari Wijerathne MP, act as Vice Chairpersons.

Members of the Caucus - Ninth Parliament


Hon. (Dr.) (Mrs.) Sudarshini Fernandopulle (Chair)


Hon. (Dr.) Seetha Arambepola (Vice Chairperson)


Hon. (Mrs.) Rohini Kumari Wijerathna (Vice Chairperson)


Hon. (Mrs.) Pavithra Devi Wanniarachchi


Hon. (Mrs.) Thalatha Athukorala


Hon. (Mrs.) Geetha Samanmale Kumarasinghe


Hon. (Mrs.) Kokila Gunawardene


Hon. (Mrs.) Muditha Prishanthi


Hon. (Mrs.) Manjula Dissanayake


Hon. (Mrs.) Rajika Wickramasinghe


Hon. (Dr.) (Ms.) Harini Amarasuriya


Hon. (Mrs.) Diana Gamage



Create a society that accept, respect and provide equal status and opportunities for women in social, economic and political spheres in
Sri Lanka



Acting together across party political, ethnic and religious affiliations and differences, ensure equality for all, especially women, by advocating, enacting and monitoring gender responsive laws and budgets in Sri Lanka.


  • To enhance the capacity of the Caucus and its individual members to be more effective in advocating for values accepted by the Caucus
  • To contribute towards the ongoing and proposed governance, economic, and political reforms as for WPC’s vision and mission, advocate to amend/repeal laws that discriminate against women and monitor the implementation of all relevant laws
  • To increase women’s active participation and political representation at local, provincial and parliamentary level
  • To take into consideration the provisions of the National Human Rights Action Plan and all relevant UN Conventions protecting women’s rights ratified by the Government of Sri Lanka with special emphasis to women affected by disaster and recovering from war.

Our Objectives

  • Increase the participation of women in politics
  • Safeguard women’s rights and gender equality
  • Prevent all forms of violence and harassment against women
  • Improve the welfare of women workers, including migrant workers
  • Alleviate poverty among under-privileged women and widows and provide them with vocational training and resources
  • Improve education opportunities for women
  • Address health related problems of women
  • Ensure provision of legal aid and counseling for women
  • Enact legislation to improve the overall well-being of women
  • Contribute towards the development of the country in general

Our Activities

  • Implement advocacy activities through Parliament
  • Organise coordinated activities with the women provincial councilors and members of the local government bodies
  • Carry out coordinated activities with government ministries, departments and institutions
  • Conduct awareness programmes, workshops, trainings and conferences
  • Organise outreach activities at district levels
  • Implement coordinated activities with UN Agencies
  • Build partnerships with local women’s organizations and professionals
  • Improve cooperation with other women parliamentary organizations and international women’s organizations

Our Key Achievements

  • Persistent advocacy for greater representation of women at local government level resulted in the amendment to the Local Authorities Act in 2017, which guarantees 25% quota for women
  • In April 2008, the Cross Party Coalition of Women Politicians (CPCWP) was formed to ensure that all major political parties gave women a seat at the peace negotiation table
  • Launched the ‘Colombo Conversations’ initiative that serves as a platform for members of Civil Society Organisations and the WPC to discuss pressing policy concerns, share expertise on women’s rights and develop strategies for reform
  • Training and capacity development opportunities were given to WPC members and other activists on conflict resolution, principles of constitutionalism, UN Resolution 1325 and legislative drafting
  • Selected members of the Caucus attended a five-day intensive training program at the Harvard Law School
  • In commemoration of the International Women’s Day, events were organized in collaboration with the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office, the United Nations Population Fund, UN Women, and Search for Common Ground (SFCG), annually, since 2014
  • Conducted regional consultations in all nine provinces with women political leaders contesting local government elections to discuss the 25% quota for women and also to take stock of the challenges they face
  • In Collaboration with the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Governments, convened a national symposium to discuss the findings of the nine regional consultations
  • Provide a platform for local level women political leaders to meet with members of the WPC and male champions to ask questions and clarify doubts about the amended local government act of 2017, and also to help raise their understanding of the role women play in national level government and political process
  • In partnership with SFCG, implemented an advocacy campaign against sexual harassment faced by women on public transportation system
  • Made written and verbal submission to the Steering Committee on the new constitution to ensure the inclusion of gender and women’s right