Human Rights Commission to increase representation of women in politics

Human Rights Commission to increase representation of women in politics

Human Rights Commission to increase representation of women in politics

Written by Staff Writer

19 Jun, 2015 | 8:37 am

The Human Rights Commission has decided to increase the representation of women in politics.

Speaking to News1st, Consultant to the Commission Senior lawyer Nimal Punchihewa said that the representation of women in Sri Lanka is at a very low level.

Senior Advisor of Human Rights Commission Attorney-At-Law Nimal Punchihewa added that the main officials and departments connected to the matter, that is the Elections Commisioner, a representative for the Secretary to the President, a representative for the Secretary to the Prime Minister, as well as representatives from the Ministry of Women’s and Children’s Affairs have been notified in this regard.

The advisor also added that they plan to hold discussions with these officials on the matter, and the Human Rights Commission will present suitable recommendations to the government in order to increase the representation of women in politics.

He said:

Our recommendations will include not only how female representation would increase on nomination lists, but also how representation of women could be made stronger within political parties.

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