20 September, 2020

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Women’s Rights Activists Call For Withdrawal Of ‘Sexist’ CaFFE Licence To Observe Elections

The United Women’s Front has called on Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya to disallow the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) from observing Sri Lankan elections after it made sexist remarks against actresses and models seeking nominations for the Western and Southern Provincial Council polls due in March.

Diana Gamage

Diana Gamage

“Elections Observers should be non-partisan and independent and they do not have the right to decide which candidates should stand for election or to foist that opinion upon the people. It is undemocratic to permit any observer organisation that violates these fundamental conditions should be granted official permission to observe elections,” Diana Gamage, head of the UWF wrote in a letter to the Polls Chief.

“We believe that to permit CaFFE to continue to observe elections officially to be an anti-democratic act,” she said.

Gamage said that on 22 January CaFFE had issued a media release publicly requesting political parties to refrain from fielding actors and actresses as election candidates. “With universal franchise, every Sri Lankan irrespective of educational qualification, social class, caste or creed was granted the right to choose his or her representatives on the principle of one person – one vote. That universal right to vote also spurred political parties to field candidates at elections that were representative of every strata and section of society. The CaFFE call for political parties to refrain from fielding actors and actresses was a violation of these democratic principles,” the letter to the Commissioner said.

The UWF said that in the same media release CaFFE also noted that actresses and models should not be granted nominations by political parties because they were ‘sex symbols’. “This is a degrading and malicious statement that was deeply insulting and damaging to women. By failing to refer to male singers and actors as sex symbols, CaFFE proved that it was anti-women. The statement had an adverse impact on many young women attempting to come forward to contest elections. Unnecessary aspersions were also cast on the personal lives of these women,” Gamage’s letter said.

She said CaFFE engages in election observation even though it is clearly not independent and non-partisan in its attitude towards women.

“Since the official sanction to observe elections is bestowed by Elections Commissioner, the United Women’s Front has called on the Commissioner to withdraw their approval to observe with immediate effect,” Gamage urged.

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    CaFFE helped TNA to rigg elections too. Don’t know what going on inside there.

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      it’s not CaFFE rigged the NPC election under the instruction of your master MR. He wanted to fool the world that democracy is alive and kickinh in Sri Lanka, knowing very well NPC is a powerless lame duck and will exit untill UN Rsolution is over.

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        Who are these jokers who call themselves “women’s rights activists?”. Bimbo starlets I presume.
        CAffe’s VOTER EDUCATION Campaign is very important because the SInhalaya Modayas are a stupid lot who vote for the Corrupt and criminal Jarapassa family and cronies.

        Sinhalaya Modayas should be told that the CORRUPTION, CRIMINALITY and ROT in Lanka today starts at the the top with Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brothers and sons and has trickled down to every corner of the land. Sri Lanka’s POLITICAL CULTURE is rotten to the core today – but these bimbo women activists would not have noticed…
        Let CAffee do the important work it is doing and let their little blunders in the English language pass.

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          Indeed Dodo!

          These silly activists are an insult to real activists! They should look at the bigger picture and be asking for 33 percent representation for women in the UPFA and the Diyawenna Parliament of Corrupt clowns – to clean it up – instead of wasting their time on Cafee’s trivial mistakes!

          Also, 33 percent women’s representation in all local government Pradeshiya Sabha slots (PS) from all political parties that are contesting …

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        Diana Gamage I guess did not get nominated and is now blaming CAFEE for her dreams of making money as a corrupt politician crashing!

        Bimbo indeed.. There are women with brains and beauty but these so-called activists clearly lack brains.

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    Vibuhusana

    very good ,
    So Every election CaFEE helped them to rigg the votes and helped MR regime to win
    now Sarath Fonseka statement is right he said I cheated by MR regime at the presidential election

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    Blind guiding, blind following, blind supervising,blind complaining……………. What the heck happened to my country!

    Murder here, rape there,elections everywhere…UN, USA,UK all of U’s are gunning for us, where are the diplomats, where are the journalists(true once), where are the statesmen…..the whole country is lamenting, no smile, no respite,no freedom but we are told…THIS IS PARADISE!

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      The average man is concerned about feeding his family and getting his children into school. He cannot afford a social conscience or an interest in Government and international politics. Only people like us with full stomachs can afford these things.

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    This stupid woman, Diana Gamage, fails to realise that these popular actresses are being used by corrupt politicians to deceive the people and win elections. As a responsible organisation CAFFE has all the rights and justification to point this out to the people.

    I am sure she is working for the Rajapaksa regime.

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      CAFee’s comment was against BOTH ACTORS and ACTRESSES. It was a comment against the TYPE of candidate; NOT against the GENDER! How is it sexist?

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    Diana Gamage should request GOSL to let “the US Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues, Catherine Russell” come into country.

    So far GOSL did not deny visa for none of the other diplomats. Denying only to Catherine Russell is racism against women

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    preparing groundwork for jilmart.

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    This whole page stinks. A lot of Indians are here caste-ing negative and false comments about Ceylon. Go to your own websites and do something for your own people who don’t have toilets or a roof over their head, instead of coming here, pretending you’re something your not and making guerilla noises.

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    CaFFE is too partisan to be allowed as election observers. Its next plan is to tell people how to vote.

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    Diana Gamage, what we need is genuine politicians and not exhibits.

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    Gamage, what sri lanka need is genuine politicians and not exhibits.

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    Sri Lanka needs real politicians who can actively contribute to the development of the nation. We all know that actresses and models in Sri Lanka are not capable of intellectual thought, let alone governance. So it’s safe to keep them out of elections altogether!

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    Whats the point of banning these people? If they are there or not, they dont do anything worthwhile. So it doesnt make a difference if CAFFE is observing or not.

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