Chandrika Kumaratunga lauds government’s efforts to increase women participation in politics

Colombo, Feb 13 (ANI): Former Sri Lankan president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga on Saturday said that she was pleased with the current government’s efforts to increase the participation of women in politics and end the assessment requirements for women in politics.

Chandrika commended the government for getting the Local Authorities Elections (Amendment) Bill which seeks to increase women representation to a minimum of 25 percent in local government bodies, the Colombo Page web site reported.

She said the new Bill provides justifiable rights to women in Sri Lanka which created such heroic figures as Vihara Maha Devi, Soma Devi and lately the world’s first female Prime Minister Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike.

She said the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) provided the opportunity for Sri Lanka to have the world’s first female prime minister and the country’s first female executive president, Ms. Kumaratunga.

She, however, said that she was ashamed of the indisciplined behavior of certain SLFP members in parliament when a bill aimed to increase women’s participation in active politics was being debated.

She added that the opposition’s reaction on this important bill for women’s liberation is an insult to the entire fraternity of the country.(ANI)

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