Rosy: ‘I feel I’m a second class citizen because I’m a woman’


By Dasun Edirisinghe

A member of the Eksath Lak Vanitha Front submits a question to State Minister of Child Affairs Rosy Senanayake at the workshop held at SLIDA.

Women played a pivotal role in developing the country, but their contribution was not properly appreciated, State Minister of Child Affairs Rosy Senanayake said Tuesday.

Addressing a leadership training programme organised by the Eksath Lak Vanitha Front in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Commonwealth Local Government Forum at the Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration, she said: "Although I hold a ministerial portfolio in the present government, I still feel as a second class citizen, being a women. This is an inevitable reality that we face today."

Senanayake said women representation in the country continued to be drastically lower, especially at the decision making level though Sri Lanka was hailed the world over for its high literacy rate and a country where infant and maternal mortality rates were low.

Women had the strength to take up any challenge yet in most families men did not recognise their capacity, the state minister said, adding that it was one of the reasons for the Lak Vanitha Front to collaborate with the common wealth Local Government Forum to conduct the training programmes.

Senanayake said the UNP had taken steps to increase female representation within the party. When 20th Amendment was tabled in Parliament she would stress the need to increase women representation by 25%, she said.

"You can find many capable of raising their voice in Parliament and I have already fought for a 30% representation for women in the legislature," the minister said.

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