Rosy: Removal of Ravi from UNP campaign a step in right direction

*... sees system loaded against women candidates


By Kaumadi Punsaradevi

UNP Colombo Mayoral candidate Rosy Senanayake yesterday complained that most men found it difficult to accept that both male and female candidates should be treated with respect, and that it was really unfortunate that female contestants were being subjected to violence during election campaigning.

She told The Island that the violence being perpetuated against women candidates was consequent to the political culture in the country for many years.

Senanayake said that time had come to change the mindset that violence and intimidation were unacceptable, and that having more women in local government bodies would also help the society get used to seeing more women at decision-making levels.

Commenting on female UNP candidates’ experience, Senanayake said that so far they had been free from trouble and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had told everyone in no uncertain terms that female candidates had to be treated with respect and they were equal to their male counterparts.

Senanayake added that in her campaigning she had received the backing of her male colleagues.

Speaking of Ravi Karunanayake’s removal from the campaign, Senanayake said it was a step in the right direction as, due to allegations against him people had been pre-occupied with them instead of concentrating on issues pertaining to governance at the grassroots level.

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