17 September, 2021

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Sri Lanka Tells UN That Women’s Rights Are Subject To Domestic Compulsions

By Sanja De Silva Jayatilleka 

Sanja De Silva Jayatilleka

Sri Lanka just told the United Nations that implementation of policies regarding women’s rights “should be in tandem with domestic compulsions and requirements.” Sri Lanka declared to the word that “rights” are not inalienable, nor universal, but are a dependent variable of “domestic compulsions”. 

This should come as no surprise to those co-sponsors of the draft resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council, who might have suspected that this might indeed be the case with regard to other human rights, and that domestic compulsions and requirements may have played a role in their violations. 

This piece of advice on women’s rights was given to the US Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting titled “Call to Lead by Example: Ensuring the Full, Equal and Meaningful Participation of Women in UN-led Peace Processes” by Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in New York, Ambassador Mohan Pieris. It was reported in the Island that he told the United Nations that The role of women in society is different in varied cultures and as such a one-size fits all policy cannot be applied in the pursuance of their rights. It is imperative for policies in this regard to be formulated, in tandem with domestic compulsions and requirements. 

The 52% of Sri Lanka’s population which are women should take serious note of the fact that the official position of the incumbent administration seem to be that there are domestic compulsions that require discriminatory policies against women to be sustained. Which compulsions are those? Sri Lanka told the UN that it should be “sensitive to diverse situations and circumstances” because “The role of women in society is different in varied cultures and as such a one-size fits all policy cannot be applied in the pursuance of their rights.”

In some cultures, it is thought that women should not be educated. A young girl in Afghanistan understood that neither culture nor any other domestic requirement should prevent the basic right to education being applied equally to both men and women. An ignorant man, in thrall to culture, shot her in the face. The young girl, Malala Yusufzai, survived that culturally prescribed atrocity to become a UN Ambassador for girl’s education and completed a degree from Oxford herself. 

Human Rights are universal. They apply to all human beings irrespective of their gender because of the fact that they are human. Women are humans, and no domestic requirement should prevent them from being given equal opportunities to function in society as equals and be protected from violence perpetrated against them. 

In a few days, the Commission on the Status of Women will hold its 65th session in New York at the United Nations from the 15th to the 26th of March. This year’s priority theme is Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. 

The draft outcome document has a paragraph which is vindicated by what Sri Lanka has displayed at the UN. It says presciently: “The Commission recognizes that negative social norms and gender stereotypes can threaten women’s rights and participation in public life, and that efforts to increase understanding of gender equality and women’s rights to participate in public life and decision-making, including the support and political will of male leaders, are vital for accelerating changes to social norms.” Hurrah to that! 

Representatives of UN member states and ECOSOC accredited NGO’s from around the world are invited to attend this session which will be conducted in hybrid format due to Covid 19 restrictions with virtual meetings being the format for most meetings. If Sri Lanka participates, what will it say? 

The Review theme of the session is ‘Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development’. The draft document outcome notes that “failure to expedite women’s participation and decision-making in public life and the elimination of violence against women will make it impossible to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.”

A recent report of the Department of Census and Statistics says that “The labor force participation rate of women in Sri Lanka is only 33.6% of the total population (2018). Out of the 8.6 million economically active population, only 35% are women are employed and the rate has been stagnant. (Department of Census and Statistics Sri Lanka Labor Force Survey -2018.)

It further states that “there is a major gap in gross national income per capita for women ($6,766) compared to men ($16,852). This is proof of the commission’s conclusion that “feminization of poverty persists.” It persists due to structural factors, which bring no benefit to the economy.  What requirement is there, what national compulsion, to keep women in poverty? It is a government’s obligation to study and remove the structural obstacles that prevent women from economic empowerment, which includes measures against violence and harassment at work and childcare facilities, lack of opportunity due to gender-stereotyping and outmoded, patriarchal attitude towards women.

As at the 2015 Sri Lankan elections, women’s representation in parliament was 5% (12 out of 225 seats). Is this reasonable, a cultural requirement or a domestic compulsion? It is outrageous, that in a country where the female population is 52%, only 5% is in parliament making legislation! 

UN Women reported that in Sri Lanka, “For promoting women’s political participation a 25% quota for women has been allocated for women in the Local Government bodies while Cabinet approval is sought to provide 30% nominations for females at the Provincial Council elections. Memorandums have been submitted to the Constitutional Reforms Committee requesting for a quota for women in the Parliament.” What hope is there that 30% will be approved by this Cabinet?

There is a long way to go to change attitudes in Sri Lanka. For far too long culture has dictated the status of women. That culture has kept women in violent relationships, and prevented them from participating in decision making in the family and in the country.  A recent survey (The Women’s Wellbeing Survey), on violence against women found that a “quarter (26%) of men and 38% of women agreed that “there are times or apt circumstances under which it is all right to beat a woman,” while 41% of men and 58% of women stated that ‘a woman should tolerate violence to keep the family together.’ Further, 78% of men and 87% of women declared that ‘women should obey their husbands,’ while 40% of men and 43% of women noted that ‘males should have the final say in family matters’. 

What is needed is not to perpetuate these attitudes as domestic compulsions or cultural necessities, but to find ways to change them through education and mainstreaming women’s right to equal opportunities and a life free from gender-based violence, and gendered poverty. 

Granting equal rights to women doesn’t have to endanger the family. The CSW65 draft outcome states “The Commission acknowledges the benefit of implementing family-oriented policies aimed at, inter alia, achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, the full participation and decision-making of women in public life, work-family balance and the self-sufficiency of the family unit and recognizes the need to ensure that all social and economic development policies are responsive to the changing needs and expectations of families in fulfilling their numerous functions and that the rights, capabilities and responsibilities of all family members are respected.”

It is no secret that during the Covid- 19 pandemic, the best performing countries were led by women leaders. The world has learnt that it is in a country’s interest to eliminate discrimination against half of its population. “The Commission emphasizes that all people have an equal right to participate in their country’s government through public office and informal leadership, that it is necessary to address inequality between men and women in the sharing of power, and that women’s equal access to and full participation in decision-making, including in the private sector, is a critical strategy for achieving gender equality.” (CSW65 draft)

It is in the government’s interest, including its electoral interest, not to subject a large majority of the population to continued discriminatory policies due to supposed cultural or other factors. It is incumbent on the government to ensure that women’s equal rights are recognized, eliminate ignorance on the subject among its representatives, and mainstream them in order that the country may benefit as a whole.

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  • 36
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    Countries sometimes reject the appointments of High commissioners who are
    known for corruption , fraud or violation of human right issues in their own
    counties . I don’t understand why UN does not have such mechanism so that
    wrong men don’t sit with others shoulder to shoulder !

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      I believe, UN didn’t do that because they feared that, if they objected, SL would be unrepresented in the world body, for want of a suitable person to be the representative as replacement, for a long time. Hence, left unrepresented for a long time. So chose the best of the bad lot. The ex CJ of SL, whose CV was indeed immaculate

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        “So chose the best of the bad lot.” There are “better” ones among
        the “bad” lot I suppose but even for that , there should be an
        acceptable standard of competition that would allow the ” best of
        the worst” to surface ! You don’t need to sweat out to track this man
        down for his number of controversies in his circle of profession . I
        give you just one tip off to save time and space here – Mohan Peiris :
        A known devil of justice . Srilanka Guardian Jan 10 , 2015 .
        You won’t be disappointed !

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      Ms. Sanja De Silva Jayatilleka
      Indeed, a sucker-punch. Great ! But, a small slip.
      “………..A young girl in Afghanistan…………., Malala Yusufzai, survived that culturally prescribed atrocity to become a UN Ambassador for girl’s education…..”. Not Afghanistan. She is from Pakistan.

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        Karikalan S. Navaratnam & old codger

        Sanja De Silva Jayatilleka has been typing her random thoughts as she goes along.
        It is very unreasonable on your part to expect her to know and care about those eagle eyed readership.

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      whywhy,
      Has Mohan Pieris been convicted for corruption, fraud or violation of human rights?
      If he has, why the hell UNHRC accepted his nomination?

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        Eagle Eye .

        Go to ” Srilanka Guardian , 10 Jan 2015 ” online and find some
        interesting allegations ! And please explain to me why Sira is
        not investigated for his disclosure that ” Mohan Peiris met him
        and promised to bend the law” to Sira’s satisfaction ! Eagle , why
        are you so mad on whitewashing Double Faced Controversial
        public Figures that must be exposed and at least thrown out of
        key roles they are entrusted at Public Expense ?

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      “In Afghanistan……………. young girl, Malala Yusufzai, survived that culturally prescribed atrocity”.
      Sanja should have done her homework .Malala is Pakistani, not Afghan.
      Another issue that should be raised is children’s rights in Sri Lanka. Are “domestic compulsions” allowing seven year old boys to be kidnapped and kept in temples?

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        old codger

        You are demanding too much from Sanja De Silva Jayatilleka.

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        old codger,
        Come on man, don’t tell blatant lies. No one has kidnapped seven year boys and kept in temples.
        The truth is your buddy kidnapped seven year boys, recruited as combatants, gave AK57s, put cyanide capsules around the necks and sent to the front line. He completely ruined the lives of about 3000 Tamil children committing a war crime. Unfortunately, UNHRC is turning a blind eye to these war crimes.
        —-
        “allowing seven year old boys to be kidnapped and kept in temples?”

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          Eagle,
          “Come on man, don’t tell blatant lies. No one has kidnapped seven year boys “
          If you don’t believe me you can read the “Daily News”:

          https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://archives.dailynews.lk/2007/02/23/news19.asp&ved=2ahUKEwistcLO96_vAhWKc30KHdfTBCwQFjABegQICRAC&usg=AOvVaw1Kn-lunpeLshvb_DfUmDSD

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            Dear OC.
            No where in the Daily News article is there any mention about “kidnapping” children. It is a voluntary decision for anyone to join the priesthood – not a compulsion.
            I do not subscribe to children under 16 being “given” to temples, but my worry is using the word “kidnapped”.

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              My view,
              OK,. “kidnapped” is a bit over the top. But terming it a “voluntary decision” is too. Can a little kid really understand that he is being given over FOR LIFE to an all-male group where he will never know normal life as other children experience it? If the temple is capable of feeding and educating a child, surely it could simply assist the parents to do so. But the monks insist on the child living with them, which is indirect coercion. As bad as the forced conversions evangelicals are accused of.

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        ………….”allowing seven year old boys to be KIDNAPPED”…………..
        A tad too harsh a description : Kidnapped = to seize and detain or carry away by unlawful force or fraud and often with a demand for ransom.
        While I deplore the “practice ” of children below 14 years entering “priesthood” and it should be ‘controlled’, these children are ‘given’ (not kidnapped) to the temple mainly because of poverty or a ‘bad’ forecast in a horoscope by village parents. It is very similar to “child adoption” for money forced by poverty.
        Actually if one needs to really protect children, there should be a
        ” Utopian” Law that the children will not be exposed to the parents ethnicity or religion in the formative years till they understand enough to decide for themselves. That is Fantasyland I dream of.

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          My view,
          I recognize your right as a Buddhist to defend child ordination But then Buddhists shouldn’t criticize child marriage either. My take is that this is a cultural practice which has nothing to do with Buddhism. In this day and age, isn’t it possible to change archic practices? The Christians for example have a rigorous process for training clergy, who as a result are more disciplined than many monks.

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            Dear OC.
            I am surprised as you were a good commentator and would read to understand and not read to reply.
            ……”I recognize your right as a Buddhist to DEFEND child ordination….
            I did not defend it. What I said was…………
            ….”While I DEPLORE the “practice ” of children below 14 years entering “priesthood” and it should be ‘controlled’…. .”
            Is that in defence or for it ?

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              Dear OC
              …..”Buddhists shouldn’t criticize child marriage either”……..
              But I said that children (ALL) should be ‘protected on any exposure to “religion” in their formative years’.
              Surely that covers the whole spectrum of children being subjected to any unwanted abuse without their conscious consent, including any practice by ANY religion. That was not selective.

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                Dear OC,
                I do not identify myself as a “Buddhist” but only a follower of the Five Precepts which do not impinge on any “religion”.
                It is a good set of personal practical self-undertakings for our short life on earth.
                I leave religion for those who need it for themselves. It is their choice.

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                  My view,
                  I think you know by now that I am not selective in my criticisms of religious hypocrisy, whether it comes from Cardinals, Mahanayakas, or mullahs. But I did get your attention, I see!

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                    Dear OC,
                    Yes my attention was drawn ONLY by use of the word “kidnapped”.
                    Since you say …”OK,. “kidnapped” is a bit over the top…”.
                    So from me, then on, there is no issue at all but you still say:
                    …” Can a little kid really understand that he is being given over FOR LIFE to an all-male group where he will never know normal life as other children experience it?…”
                    Is this not what I said in…”While I deplore the “practice ” of children below 14 years entering “priesthood” and it should be ‘controlled’…..
                    deploring the concept. So why repeat it.
                    Also I said…” Utopian” Law that the children will not be exposed to the parents ethnicity or religion in the formative years till they understand enough to decide for themselves.”………………
                    Does this not cover everything you comment about on this subject.
                    However, …..”Dear OC,
                    Yes my attention was drawn ONLY by use of the word “kidnapped”.
                    Since you say …”OK,. “kidnapped” is a bit over the top…”.
                    So from me, then on, there is no issue at all but you still say:
                    …” Can a little kid really understand that he is being given over FOR LIFE to an all-male group where he will never know normal life as other children experience it?…”

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      The current U.S. secretary of state Blinken expressed that the countries with the “worst human rights record” should not be part of the UN HRC; “We must work together to improve the work and membership of the council..”

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        Sugandh,
        “The current U.S. secretary of state Blinken expressed that the countries with the “worst human rights record” should not be part of the UN HRC;…”

        If so none of the countries that preach human rights to Sri Lanka and bring resolutions cannot be part of the UNHRC. They have the worst record for committing human rights violations and war crimes in the world.
        Not only they committed human rights violations and war crimes but brag about what they did. One guy has told ‘We pushed Iraq to Stone Age’. What a great achievement!

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        He must have been told that Tamil Eelam was a real country…and not a failed state.

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      whywhy

      Is there any truth in the following story:

      TNPF protest against transfer of land documents from Jaffna to Anuradhapura
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKsM_tA7wM0&t=197s

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        NV ,

        Let me come to it this way . I don’t trust this Regime because they
        are not who they say they are . They just use everyone who get
        closer to them on various pretexts , especially Double Faced crooked
        MPs and Public officials . Almost 100% exposure has been noticed on
        every aspect of governance . Now , all we have to do is to experience
        ” Actions speak louder than words ,” the popular proverb . The regime
        deserves allegations of wrong doing by victims of all kinds , not
        purely because they are involved in the act but because of their Racist
        Attitudes Towards the Minorities ! I also strongly believe in ” Do Not
        Sympathize with Those who Do Not Empathize.” And also , there’s a
        meaning in ” Doubt is the beginning , not the end of Wisdom.” Before
        something happens , just start shouting because Prevention is better.

  • 16
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    MOKAN PERIES IS CORRECT.THAT IS HOW THEY IMPEACHED MRS.SHIRANEE BANDARANAYAKE DUE TO DOMESTIC COMPULSION AND REQUIREMENTS.

    DOMESTIC COMPULSION-COVER UP THE CORRUPT DEALS
    REQUIREMENTS-DEVINGUMA FUNDS BUILD MALWANA MANSION.

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      For Mohan P, this is nothing new. It is his Credo.
      He as AG and CJ, dispensed “JUSTICE” not according to the Law, but was guided by DOMESTIC COMPULSION AND REQUIREMENTS.
      At least we can believe him on that!

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    According to Lanka any rights iincluding womens rights are subject to sovereignty and costitution. So that our leaders can keep parroting for another 70 years. According to this guy your right to live in your own country it self is subject to domestic compulsions. That is the reason he is now sitting where ever he is and trying to explain this to rest of the world.

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    Don’t people see that what Mohan Peiris is saying is that we shall ensure that Sri Lankan women will have no rights?
    .
    I don’t think that this is how things used to be.
    .
    In this article, Sanja has focussed on the contribution of “straight” women, in what were considered “normal lives”. How does it so often get subverted?
    .
    We’ve learnt a lot about LGBTQ. We must be tolerant, never persecute such people. However, don’t they see that by being so clangorously militant they are making it easier for the cruelly conservative to whip up hostility against other aspects of feminism?
    .
    We have no time to read everything we see, and I’ve not read some good articles:
    .
    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/pandemic-politics-or-politicised-pandemic/
    .
    From what little I’ve seen, Dr. Chamindra Weerawardhana is an excellent political analyst. But when I see her/his photograph there, I don’t read. It’s distracting. As a result, those views don’t get an airing.
    .
    BTW, Malala Yusufzai was from Pakistan, not Afghanistan.

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    UNHRC core group keeps diluting the resolution against SL.

    LOL!

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    Of course yes. Sarath, Nimal, John, etc.. didn’t they act according to domestic compulsions?

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    Sri Lanka’s representative, Mohan Pieris (formerly, Attorney General of Sri Lanka – 2008 to 2011, and the de facto Chief Justice of Sri Lanka – 2013 to 2015) doesn’t get it that these “domestic compulsions” are universal.

    The same “domestic compulsions” exist even in every socially progressive nation that there is today. What makes those nations socially progressive is the fact their laws don’t give unto those compulsions, and, instead, uphold laws of equitable treatment and protection of women.

    To recognize those compulsions as acceptable thought and behaviour is to condone the male violence inflicted on girls and women daily in our communities.

    The domestic requirement of any nation or society is to confer equal rights to women.

    For a former Attorney General and Chief Justice of Sri Lanka to give unto “domestic compulsions” which are essentially male dominance and oppression of women, is telling of SriLanka’s long standing socially and democratically regressive status.

    To have Mohan Pieris represent Sri Lanka at the UN, at the HRC sessions in 2021, is telling how far back SriLanka has regressed since November 2019.

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      Sugandh,
      In Sri Lanka, oppression of women is taking place among Muslims and Malabar Vellala Tamils in Yapanaya targeting low caste Tamils. Both these communities are not indigenous to Sri Lanka. They came from Hindusthan and settled down in Sinhale after Sinhalayo gave asylum to them. Among native Sinhala Buddhists there is no oppression of women.
      —-
      “… which are essentially male dominance and oppression of women, is telling of SriLanka’s long standing socially and democratically regressive status.”

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        Eagle,
        “In Sri Lanka, oppression of women is taking place among Muslims and Malabar Vellala Tamils in Yapanaya targeting low caste Tamils. “
        There are no Muslims or Tamils in temples, where little boys are being oppressed.

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    WW. You are perfectly correct. His Seat in the UN Assembly desecrates the entire body. He is a well known dishonorable person.

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      hanchopancha ,

      Exactly . Cheers !

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      hanchopancha,
      “He is a well known dishonorable person.”

      What are the dishonorable things he has done?
      Sri Lanka and native Sinhalayo go through these humiliations because Sinhalayo gave asylum to a bunch of ungrateful ‘Para’ people.

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    Why why
    This why is a very important question the UN has to answer. To be a representative of a country to the UN he or she should have a clean sheet without any crimes. In SL, pure white clothed Parliamentarians are mostly filthy rich with stolen money. We can ask so many WHYs from the GoSL but cannot expect straight to answers.

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    Dear Sanja

    Thank you.

    (1) I am surprised how you have interpreted what our Ambassador said into whatever you have implied as he said in the UN – Quite shocking to me. It was a realistic statement as suppose to making a living out of “nice to say” things people do spinning the entire NGO world but not delivered anything to human well being let alone Woman’s rights.

    (2) Every toppling of the progressive governments from Iran to Afghanistan historically has been just that and funny it takes Afghan girl to highlight (made movies by the same further misrepresenting a Nation of people and their unfortunate journey for our plunders) the duplicity of the UN and their masters who turned her life a misery by creating the Taliban in the first place.

    (3) For you to make progressive planning and helping women rights you do not need to undermine the elected Government of Sri Lanka and I will frankly say it is this type of actions that had led to we being where we are today instead of being a beacon of hope not just for Sri Lankans but for the entire world.

    (4) We are mixing ones personal politics with National planning and one should not try to capitalise in this manner unless you identify exactly what need to be done and come up with a plan from the grass root local movements.

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      Rumble 2021 ,
      They were doing such things to women in Afghanistan/Pakistan even before the US/West went in. US/West only saw it with their own eyes after the invasion.

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        RTF

        We are all evolving and continue to have a journey of change and liberation is the norm for all. Even in the west only not so long ago people beating their woman and even the right toot etc.We in the UK lost 188 female in the last year to brutality to woman. Even now no equal pay to woman doing the same job in many western systems too.

        Totally agree what you saying as I am not saying woman rights are affected because of the military ventures of the Cold War scenario.

        What I am saying is we have interrupted many civilisation from evolving on their own and they too had their pros and cons on matters regard to human rights. May be they would have contributed to woman liberation better around the world in my point of view.

        Therefore the point I was making to Madam Sanja is to say let us focus on solutions and not political undermining tones as this has no relevance to helping our woman.

        Fair feed back and hope you accept my clarity.

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          Rumble 2021,

          Some are stuck in their own culture and refuse to change, like the Shariah Islamists. In fact, their aim is to propagate their beliefs to the whole world, even if by the sword. Women have no rights in these countries other than going in front of male Imams to discuss their exploited and abused cases.

          Country like Sri Lanka is quite a different place of course. Yet, we do not have many institutions and mechanisms for dealing with women’s issues. If we do have any Western systems, they seem to be stuck in the thrall of the Victorian era – society ladies sitting round in soirees discussing social issues and having raffles; nuns teaching sewing and crocheting women so they have the virginal look. But no one really rolls up their sleeves and does the much-needed hard work to see what physically needs to be done, and lobbying for government aid.

          Places like the US and UK have had plenty of time and money to overhaul their systems over the centuries (after they colonized other lands). They are modern and progressive, and if they can show us how to organize our institutions and finances to provide for women’s rights, it will be a good thing.

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        ramona grandma therese fernando

        Forget things happening outside this island.
        Should it bother you?
        Focus on what is happening within this island.

        Did you know how widespread child sex abuse is in this island?
        Whatever happening in Afghanistan/Pakistan is their problem not yours. Therefore if you could help to prevent abuse of Child, women, and men in this island do help them being abused.

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          NV,
          Stop the export of women and men manual labourers to the middle east and all abuse will stop.

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            ramona grandma therese fernando

            “Stop the export of women and men manual labourers to the middle east and all abuse will stop.”

            Then who is going to earn foreign exchange for the wealthy to import all those luxuries, champagne, cars, imported food, drink, scent, clothes, travel, …… ?

            Will you get your local Senators, Congressmen, Governors … to authorise 21 Million US Visa for the entire population to relocate to the USA?

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              NV,
              Exactly! Sri Lanka needs to be a Socialist/Communist country like Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia.

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                ramona grandma therese fernando

                Why aren’t to living in Socialist/Communist country like Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia instead of choosing to live in capitalist imperial USA?

                Is it your secret ambition to get the entire population out of the country so that you could have intimate time with Gota, Mahinda, Basil, Chamal, Namal, Sarath Weerasekera, Weerawansa, ……… saffron thug Ampitiye Sumanarathana ….. all of them at the same time?

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    (5) In our community/society women have played such a pivotal roll and because of he miserable war we have a gap that need to be addressed yes it is one of the “National Questions” that requires urgent attention.

    (6) The war has created a miserable destitute situation for many families…we need to meet them and write many articles as possible regard to our woman working overseas as house maids/menial jobs. We need to have National register and maintain Presidential/parliamentary visits to meet all this woman in the respective countries broadcasted to the world. Follow the Philippines president how he has given his Nations foreign workers unpresidented protection/dignity back by visiting them all in many countries and told the host Nations to take care of them or else.

    (7) Drugs /Alchalol/poverty play a vital roll that needs addressing at community level MP;’s working day and night to do so….you have Ghetto party politics creating more “National Questions” of no relevance to our nation instead of connecting the families to the Diaspora and demanding they all sponsor each family (no charity) right now. I will be your Ambassador in the UK for this action plan..over and beyond the sectarian politics. Funny UN does not know what to tell the Diaspora still wasting all our lives with investigations of exactly what??

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    Well compiled and effectively written.
    Good question : …If Sri Lanka participates, what will it say? …
    Also who will represent Sri Lanka ?
    May I propose Mrs Mohan Pieris and Shiranthi Rajapakse to lead our delegation.

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      MyView

      “May I propose Mrs Mohan Pieris and Shiranthi Rajapakse to lead our delegation.”

      How about Dayan Jayatilleka too.

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    Please write a National plan and share with me I will go around to each and every Sri Lankan household here in the UK and demand they support Tamil/Sinhala/Muslim family one by one so our ladies do not have to go overseas..this is the starting point for Nation building and Woman’s right. We have not even brought all of them back to Sri Lanka during this pandemic itself will be a hell for those who stayed behind now many household are home bound more than before….means 24/7 slaving to survive as workers in these households.

    Who has visited these folks in the respective countries from our media? to do investigative journalism without party politics???????????

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    Majority of Sri lankan women fortunately don’t care about the nonsense written in this article. It only seems to matter to you and your fellow “activists”. This is really becoming a headeache now that we have to live up to the standards set by the UN and other western governmental organizations. Let us live our lives the way want please.

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      Andare 2.0

      Thanks, a great revelation from a great Male Chauvinist Pig.
      Are you one of those lazy bumps who never experienced a honest days work in his life however lives off from income that comes from the working wife or partner who sends money from one of those Medieval Middle East Kingdoms.

      I suppose you should start working for a change.

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        1.Would have loved to see the writer defining woman first before getting into rights.
        2. A menike from a poor village family has the same right as the writer to voice her opinion.. but we never see them… because the so called educated think they know all.

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          Fool, your mind is sharp.
          .
          I meant something similar when I appealed to the LGBTQ lobby to maintain a lower PUBLIC profile. Theirs is a just cause that has made vast strides in a short time, but which may face a backlash. So, “make haste slowly” as Friar Lawrence told Romeo Montague.
          .
          The women who suffer most are those who are striving desperately to hold their own in quite conventional circumstances. If they form the vanguard of the feminist movement progress will be smoother. Orientation is a personal matter in any case. Let that be worked out more quietly without stirring controversy.
          .
          This is also an opportune time to remind ourselves how much needs to be done for Muslim women, but again we need a gentle approach.

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      ………….” the standards set by the UN and other western governmental organizations”……..
      “Equal rights for women” is more an Eastern concept than that. Buddhism and Hinduism gave a foremost position to women. But really it was more universally accepted by all religions.
      In Buddhism gender nor caste position was a blockade to enlightenment.
      In Hinduism, they had a Mother God.
      In Catholism there was the foremost place given to Mary.
      Unfortunately in a period when “Might was considered Right” the physical strength became dominant.
      From Mrs B to Golda Meir to Angela Merkel to Jacinda Arden (to name only a few), women have outperformed men in many important areas, and even lead a country full of men AND women.. Therefore, should not they have equal rights if the world has to move forward and not just be judged by the “opinion” of men.?

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    Luckily this man was not the “Chief Justice” in India when the ban on “Sati Pooja” came about.

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    Lankawe is against all international norms, not just women rights. IMF said it needs to watch Lankawe currency swap with China. Once again Harsha is challenging the CBSL decision for currency swap and the explanation of Cabaal to the comment of IMF president Mr. Rice. Harsh say IMF loan hold for Covid-19 help was kept as a secret by Aanduwa. IMF is saying Aanduwa is not ready complying with economic, social & cash flow matters on that loan. A saying in Tamil that the house tortoise entered (bad luck) and the house Ameena entered (Lender or debt collector) never come up again. It is said Ameena not just rob that family properties for his indemnity, but even grab the women and Children for him. This is what China is doing to Lankawe. The new loan from China is $ 1.5b currency swap in Chinese Yuan. Currency swap is said to the bad form of loan, but used to borrow in small amounts for emergency.
    A Chinese company has been selling floor mats and slippers printing Sword Lion’s pictures. First Aanduwa put it on Amazon. But Amazon blocked the products on sale on its site. But neither China nor Chinese producer and seller agrees to withdraw the product. Though Aanduwa only released Amazon’s name, but has not mentioned about who distributes those in China and other countries.

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    Sri Lankans should take note of where Rajapakses have taken Sri Lanka from
    Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike’s time. Sri Lanka is the first country to elect a Woman as the head of the state. Even today in Sri Lanka in most of the families major decisions are taken by the Lady of the house. When I went looking for a house to rent and subsequently to buy it was a Lady who negotiated with me. In such a country its sad to see Rajapakese regime which is suppose to be the Sawbagya Dakma regime to all has created “Sawuthu Dakma” for women.

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    Oh, I forgot to post a comment here.

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    This statement by Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (PR/UN) is very serious as with this statement, the Rajapaksa government has refused to recognize human rights for women in Sri Lanka!!!!
    Is it domestic compulsions or misogyny a.k.a the product of living in a society dominated by the patriarchy?????
    It is quite ironic that representing a country where 51.8% are women, the PR/UN describes women as the perpetrators of the abuse that the women are victims of, considering that men are responsible for both this abuse and for benefiting from the “male privilege” in the first place. In short, it is when men get to dictate every aspect of a woman’s life, JUSTIFYING EVERY MISTREATMENT and NOT BEING HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR IT, all for the simple fact of identifying as a man.
    Seriously, who drafted this MISOGYNIST STATEMENT?
    In the Sinhala Buddhist society, the mother is regarded as “the Buddha at home” or “Gedara Budun”. That means, the society expected the mothers or women in Sri Lanka to be treated with the same dignity and respect that is accorded to Buddha.
    I bet the Rajapaksa government has never heard about this unique Buddhist phenomenon protecting women in Sri Lanka.
    Contd’ ……

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      Now to touch on this statement made by the PR/UN, the view that there isn’t a “one size fits for all” method of establishing women’s rights in Sri Lanka because women’s roles differ from culture to culture is ABSURD.
      I am telling the UNHRC to not to be fooled by the Sri Lankan government’s act of seemingly trying to be inclusive when in fact, they are siding with the oppressors.
      The topic at hand is about the abuse that women face by men. This shouldn’t be acceptable in any culture!!!!
      This is yet another attempt by Sri Lanka’s MALE RULERS at dismissing the rights of women.
      Sri Lankan government’s response proves my point about the ways in which men in Sri Lanka benefit from the male privilege and how they aren’t willing to hold themselves and others alike accountable.
      Stating that the government cannot hold abusers accountable, because it would go against cultural beliefs says all you need to know about where Sri Lankan men/government stands in regard to this topic. They don’t care about women’s rights and they certainly don’t intend on doing anything about it.

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    “The role of women in society is different in varied cultures and as such a one-size fits all policy cannot be applied in the pursuance of their rights. It is imperative for policies in this regard to be formulated, in tandem with domestic compulsions and requirements”.
    So that’s why the criminals in prison for rape and murder were released by Presidential pardon – “domestic compulsions and requirements” as they are patriots and “Ranaviruwo”. Similarly those who detonated a hand grenade in the vagina of a woman,(mother and in the presence of her children) to obviate any evidence of rape and/or genetic evidence of Semen of the offenders, in Ampara, Eastern province were never investigated or committed to face Justice. It was the considered wisdom of the powers, that the women must have self destructed herself to “obliterate” all evidence of rape and torture she underwent.
    This person is the most suitable person to be the Judge of the ICC. He is in the clouds.

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    Hope CT will give this opportune Article by a rerun.

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/a-letter-to-the-public-from-a-retired-judge/

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