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Sri Lanka ensures women’s safety – Champika

Minister Champika speaks at the ceremony.
Minister Champika speaks at the ceremony.

Sri Lanka can be considered as the leading country in South Asia that ensures the safety of women despite certain shortcomings.

Now women in Sri Lanka should become shareholders of smart technology too, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said.

He was addressing the gathering at a ceremony to mark International Women’s Day themed, ‘Suhuru Kathak, Sonduru Lovak’ held at the National Youth Services Council (NYSC), Maharagama on March 8.

The Minister said it can be proudly stated that in Sri Lanka, no prohibition on the fairer sex to enter schools, universities or any other institution.

“The majority of people in the public administration service as well as in medical, legal and other professions were women. This was not so in certain so called developed countries. Women in Sri Lanka gained franchise as far back as 1931. In Switzerland, which is called one of the most developed nations, women received that right only about a decade or two ago,” the Minister said.l

“Therefore, when looked at positively, Sri Lanka was one of the safest countries for women. When we look from the economic angle, women constitute only one third or 36 per cent of the total workforce. This is because women who toil to household chores were not accounted by analysts,” Minister Champika said.

The Minister said smart technology was the third industrial revolution in the world. “Our women too should become shareholders of this smart technology rather than becoming garment factory or plantation workers,” the Minister said. 


 

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