Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) has said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s proposal to appoint a woman as the Deputy Speaker is a timely move.
CaFFE Director, Surangi Ariyawansha said that this will empower the women in Parliament.
Noting that there are less than 6% of women in Parliament, Ariyawansha said that political parties are hesitant to give women nominations or appoint them as National List MPs.
Affirmative action has increased the percentage of women in local councils to 23, she said. However, women still lag behind at Provincial Councils and Parliament, she said.
Ariyawansha said that women should be encouraged to contribute to the formulation of laws. Political parties must play a more active role in this.
Appointing a woman as Deputy Speaker is timely and enhances women’s role in Parliament, she added.
At the present, the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) has nominated MP Rohini Kavirathna for the post of Parliament Deputy Speaker while the SLPP has nominated Ajith Rajapakse.
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