Parliament turns orange against Gender-Based Violence (GBV)

Parliament turns orange against Gender-Based Violence (GBV)

Parliament turns orange against Gender-Based Violence (GBV)

Written by Teena Marian

02 Dec, 2022 | 6:01 am

COLOMBO (News 1st) – Sri Lanka's President, Prime Minister, Speaker and other public representatives stood in unity with the Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus for Global Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) on Thursday (1).

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 under the leadership of the Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus in support of the Sixteen Days of activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV). 

Women Parliamentarians and women staff officers were dressed in orange to support the programme.

Accordingly, a wristband with the message “Let’s Unite to end Gender Based Violence” was presented to the President Ranil Wickramasinghe by the Chairperson of the Women Parliamentarians Caucus, Member of Parliament (Dr.) Sudarshani Fernandopulle along with the other members of the Caucus. 

The President informed that the draft bill of the Women's Act should be completed soon and submitted to Parliament, said the Parliament Communication Division.

The publications relevant to gender equality and social inclusion available for reference by MPs, donated by National Democratic Institute (NDI) were also presented to the President at the recently established Gender and Social Inclusion Section of the Parliament Library.

Subsequently, wristbands with the message “Let’s Unite to end Gender Based Violence” were tied on the Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa, and leaflets on gender equality and social inclusion were also presented.

To stand in solidarity with this global movement, the female parliamentarians carried out a series of advocacy measures starting from 25th November. They conducted two panel discussions on combating GBV on 28th and 29th November.

A knowledge sharing session with journalists on “Combatting Violence against Women (VAW) through Media” is scheduled to be held on December 6. There will be a discussion on combating GBV and VAW through media reporting among Sri Lankan journalists including the lobby correspondents.

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