Oct 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that women's contribution is essential for the development of all sectors of the country.
The Prime Minister said that the government is taking measures to change the attitudes of the people and society to encourage women to participate in all fields and provide necessary legal provisions to that effect.
The Premier made these remarks participating in the annual prize giving of Visakha Vidyalaya on Monday as the Chief Guest.
Speaking at the occasion, the Premier said women should take part in solving the problems and challenges they face.
"Women know the women's problems very well. Women should be involved in solving them. The majority of the population is women and women should be given equal representation in every sector. We have started it from the political arena," the Prime Minister said.
He pointed out that although the governments are changed by the women's vote, women's representation in parliament is low. Therefore, as an experiment, the government enacted legislation to increase the percentage of women fielded at local, and provincial elections.
He noted that the Parliament passed the Local Authorities Elections (Amendment) Act, to increase women's representation at the Local Government level by introducing a 25 percent mandatory quota for women.
The event was organized also to mark the 100 years of Visakha Vidyalaya. The Prime Minister also presented special awards at the prize giving. Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam was also present.