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Saturday, January 28, 2023

Parliament turns orange

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A number of activities were held in Parliament today (1) under the leadership of the Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus in support of the Sixteen Days of activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV).

Women Parliamentarians and women staff officers were dressed in orange to support the program.

Accordingly, a wristband with the message “Let’s Unite to end Gender Based Violence” was presented to President Hon. Ranil Wickramasinghe by the Chairperson of the Women Parliamentarians Caucus, Dr. Sudarshani Fernandopulle along with the other members of the Caucus. Chief of Staff and Deputy Secretary General of the Parliament Kushani Rohanadeera was also present on the occasion. Here, the President informed that the draft bill of the Women’s Act should be completed soon and submitted to Parliament.

The publications relevant to gender equality and social inclusion available for reference by MPs, donated by National Democratic Institute (NDI) were also presented to the President at the recently established Gender and Social Inclusion Section of the Parliament Library.

Subsequently, wristbands with the message “Let’s Unite to end Gender Based Violence” were tied on Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, Leader of the Opposition, Sajith Premadasa, and leaflets on gender equality and social inclusion were also presented.

At the press conference held, members of the Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus explained the global theme of the campaign 2022, “UNITE! Activism to end violence against women and girls.” It was also emphasized that without unity GBV cannot be combatted, thus calling on governments, development partners, CSOs, youth, media, and all other stakeholders to come together to fight against GBV.

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