May 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka Women Parliamentarians' Caucus congratulating the newly appointed female heads of State Media institutions expressed their gratitude to Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera for his 'bold decision' and expressed hope other ministers will also follow the practice.
For the first time in Sri Lanka, Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera appointed three women as heads of three leading state media
Institutions in the country.
Ms. Enoka Sathyangani has been appointed as the Chairperson. Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation, Ms. Thilaka layasundara as the Chairperson of Independent Television Network and Ms. Uma Rajamanthri as the Chairperson of Selacine Television Institute.
Issuing a statement, Vice Chairperson of Women Parliamentarians' Caucus, MP Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle said the appointment of female heads to lead state media institutions is a significant move for a country where there is no equal representation of women in media and severe lack of female representation at decision making levels.
Minister Samaraweera also appointed two female heads of institutions as Director General of Sri Lanka Customs and Commissioner General of Excise Department, the lawmaker noted.
"We express our gratitude to Minister Mangala Samaraweera and the Good Governance government for this bold decision. We hope that other ministers would follow this practice when it comes to appointment of heads to government institutions in the future," Dr. Fernandopulle said.
She said the Sri Lanka Women Parliamentarians' Caucus is dedicated for advocating women in decision making process and will continue to work towards lobbying for more opportunities for women in Sri Lanka.
The parliamentarian said developing a road map and a systematic approach to promote women at decision making levels, particularly at government boards and independent commissions was one of the key follow-up action points from their recent study tour to Australia, where a Delegation of Women Members of Parliament headed by Minister of Women and Child Affairs Ms. Chandrani Bandara met several leading women activists.