20 September, 2018

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NPC Laments Lack Of Women Representation In Constitutional Assembly

“In Sri Lanka, it is necessary that public pressure ensures that higher levels of representation of women in governance, reaching to 50 percent, including in the Constitutional Assembly and the sub committees it sets up”

Rosy and ChandraniThe National Peace Council (NPC) has expressed its disappointment over the lack of women representation in the Constitutional Assembly due to just one woman being appointed as a deputy chairperson, from the 7 deputy chairpersons, while not a single female was represented in the 21 member steering committee which is responsible to draft the new constitution.

“While there is a recognition in Sri Lanka today that a peaceful and just society requires multi ethnic and multi religious representation in decision making, there is still no recognition that men cannot, and should not, seek to represent the interests of the entirety of society, when more than half of the population of Sri Lanka are women. Women have different priorities to men, and men and women together comprise a good society. The politically advanced societies with the highest quality of life, such as found in Northern Europe, have close to 50 percent representation of women in political decision making. Those countries have seen their government policies and priorities change with the increase in the number of women who are decision makers,” NPC said.

NPC warned that the exclusion of women from decision making in Sri Lanka at the highest levels through what appears to be a bi-partisan consensus in the Constitutional Assembly is not a positive sign for a transformation of the polity or its governance.

“It comes at a time when the government has ensured a 25 percent quota for women in local government through a reserved list for women who will be elected outside of the open list of candidates which will entail a 25 percent increase in the number of local government members. However, the government has also stated that no similar quota will be provided at the parliamentary level and that the expectation is that increased women’s representation in higher levels of governance will take place through the upward mobility of women from the local level,” the statement said.

The National Peace Council called on the civil society to encourage more and more women with qualifications to come forward for public life, while also emphasizing upon the need for the government to use, as a living and active policy, every opportunity for affirmative action in favour of women, such as in the constitutional reform process and the Constitutional Assembly.

“In Sri Lanka, it is necessary that public pressure ensures that higher levels of representation of women in governance, reaching to 50 percent, including in the Constitutional Assembly and the sub committees it sets up,” the statement added.

Women in Sri Lanka form 52 percent of the total population of nearly 21 million. Of the 225 members in Parliament, only 13 are women, which accounts to just 6%.

On April 5, Parliament converted into a Constitutional Assembly for the first time with the aim of enacting a new constitution, with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya functioning as the Chairman of the new Constitutional Assembly.

The deputy chairmen were; Thilanga Sumathipala, A. Adeikalanathan, Kabir Hashim, Sudarshani Fernandopulle, Tilak Marapana, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena and Nalinda Jayatissa.

The steering committee, which is headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, includes; Lakshman Kiriella, Nimal Siripala De Silva, Rauff Hakeem, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Susil Premajayanth, Rishad Bathiudeen, Patali Champika Ranawaka, D.M. Swaminathan, Mano Ganesan, Malik Samarawickrama, R.Sampanthan, Anura Kumara Dissanayake, Dilan Perera, Dinesh Gunawardena, Jayampathi Wickremaratne, M Wickramaratne, M. A. Sumanthiran, Thusitha Wijemanne, Bimal Rathnayake, Prasanna Ranatunga and Douglas Devananda.

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    I wonder if Sri Lankan women politicians will not mismanage and be grossly corrupt like their men political counterparts. If we are to go by the record set by CB we need to think again – I mean stealing the money meant for the tsunami destitute is a very mean thing to do.

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      Well said NPC! In the land of corrupt modayas, Dilan Perera who insulted the former woman Chief Justice and Thilandga Sumathipala, the fat tub Nimal Siripala etc. the dregs in the land of Modayas are exalted to the Constitutional Council which is a massive waster of time.

      This CC is a massive waste of time to distract the S. Modayas from the Corruption of the filthy politicians in the Ayahapalanay JOKE govt. of SIra and Ranil

      Long live Miracle of Modayas!

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        NPC, S. Modaya is quite right!

        There is a bi-partisan agreement between Ranil-Sira and Mahinda Jarapassa to:

        1. Exclude women, particularly educated, qualified and honest women from governance in Sri Lanka which is rotten with corruption of its so called leaders.
        2. provide impunity and immunity for CORRUPT POLITICIANS and their cronies of the Diyawenna Parliament of morons.

        Not a single criminal politician has been tried for corruption while the swollen and corrupt Cabinet of Ayahapalanaya clowns is growing by the day.

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      The National Peace Council (NPC)

      “Constitutional Assembly due to just one woman being appointed as a deputy chairperson, from the 7 deputy chairpersons, while not a single female was represented in the 21 member steering committee which is responsible to draft the new constitution.”

      Wondering what are the possible “Explanations” are.

      1. The men are mostly male chauvinists.

      2. The women are afraid, because the men rape them. There is a rape epidemic in the country.

      3. If you appoint more than one women, they gossip.

      4. Their husbands and fathers do not like it.

      5. Remember what Buddha said to Ananda on Women?

      6. Wahhabies do not like women in public places.

      7. Add yours to the list.

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      I thought Hirunika Premachandra was a decent politician, but she is not. The way she has been blackmailing and threatening others is shocking. Sri Lanka is not Northern Europe, therefore don’t expect Sri Lankan women will behave as European women. In fact, all the corrupt male politicians’ mothers all are women. The question is what have you been doing as a mother? Have you done your part as a decent mother who guides her child into the right path? You can create excellent politicians, if you are a good mother.

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        Even highly decent personalities are fallen with high depths. So thought I in terms of Ranawaka. when reading news on the web, I get even hurt, him being quoted as to be the hit and ran man foor the acciented reported lately. I cant disagree with any word being discussed by Ranakawa on the public stage in terms of the biggest high profile frauds had been carried out by MAHINDA RAJAPKAHSE keeping him in their cabinet. They know the real change of the cabinet today since they are the ones experienced it beign both sides.

        I have no doubt, that Ranawaka AND all other ministers from the previous govt but sitting today in the new too, would not feel anything else.

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      Man what you say is far from truth.. considering all the thousands of billions eaten by Rajapakashes. ::: Can you prove all these please ?

      The very same man who twisted the mind sets of the poeple – Ivan Victor the doggy man – stayed silent at the time, Rabid dogs of MR did all harm to the muslim fellow folks.

      And the bllions grabed by Rajaakshes were no means issues for Victor.. I see him today with the symptoms … of the kind neurogical problems… due to all the lies spreads done for the sake of a dictatorship… being surrendered to perks offered by Meeharaka.. these perks were our funds.. tax payers funds.. it is high time you guys to clean you rthoughts.

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    Sorry for being honest. You can’t compare Sri Lankan women with smart Northern European women. Therefore, don’t expect the same treatment. Few women are extra ordinary, it doesn’t mean all Lankan women deserve the same treatment. Before thinking about leadership, please improve your personal hygiene, learn to smell nice during the hot weather. South Asia has almost two billion population, do you think that this world should allow South Asia to rule the world, because it has the highest population?

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      ” Before thinking about leadership, please improve your personal hygiene, learn to smell nice during the hot weather.”

      What was that about? Why should this apply only to women?

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        because antany peter is a crackpot thats whu he come out with such idiotic comments.

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          I lived in the West for 25 years. The Western girls maintain good personal hygiene than the Western men. But in Sri Lanka personal hygiene is very poor among men and women.

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    “NPC laments lack of women representation in constitutional assembly.”

    Are there barriers for Sri Lankan women to come forward?

    Women in Sri Lanka (especially Sinhala and Tamil women) enjoy equal rights and freedom so there’s no need to make special effort to bring them forward.

    I’m afraid that any extra effort to bring them forward will amount to force and may be a discrimination.

    Let them make their own effort to come forward, Why should others shed crocodile tears for women?

    Are there things that can be taken from women and can’t get from men?

    Making a rule for 50% women representation is ridiculous because all the citizens enjoy equal right to hold positions.

    This is relevant to youth as well, as some want to give more opportunities to youth for unknown reasons.

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      sr

      Does male Chauvinist pig ring a bell?

      If you really want to see one please look at the mirror.

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        Native vedda

        “Does male chauvinist pig ring a bell?”

        Thanks for the proposal; but I meant when there’s zero chauvinism in society there’s no need to make an effort to bring women forward.

        They can enjoy even 100% of high positions.

        It’s good for you to be in front of the mirror and have a good look.

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    Age before Beauty…But Batalanda went full bore,for the latter.

    Poor thing..

    BTW, how come Batalanda.s new mate, the one time Abiththaya goes scot free when the poor young beauty got nailed. even without any visible or physical harm to the victim.

    Wonder whether this NPC dudes do pro bono work for the poor, to at least help the poor victims family get some compo from Champika’s Mega Commission Metropoilis?..

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    Talking of equal rights for both men and women doesn’t make a person a chauvinistic pig.. Most advocates for feminism seem to forget that feminism is about equal rights.. If there are 50% women in the parliament, every committee should have equal representation. Proportionality is important..
    If the equal representation is important (which I think it is) then it should be by encouraging more women into politics.. women should not be given a quota (like what our pm suggested, of 25% minimum female representation in LG)

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    There are no decent politicians in Sri Lanka – male or female.

    Read the names appearing in the last three paragraphs. Take a moment to ponder about each one of them. The vast majority will bring forth vomit from the pit of your bowels.

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      Ok then we have to genetically modify them… really ?

      Let give this order to Monsantho GMO…. ?

      What matters is the percentrage … eac and every politician is blammed for their done.. sooner or later…

      We need to profit the maximum out of the resources we have at our disposal. we can bring others to run the govt…. then bette rot be a colony.. is that what yo say.. Dildo ?

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    What the constitutional Assembly needs is NOT greater women representation nor, greater representation by men. What it requires are PEOPLE of maturity, sagacity, decency,and education, capable of crafting a document that will have necessary inherent safeguards for all men and women to live safely and independently in this country, without being a knave to any of the political parties now parading the political canvass.

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