Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe says a task force will be setup to implement the recommendations of the commission which was appointed on eliminating violence against women and female children. This commission was appointed by the Prime Minister when he was the opposition leader in the previous regime.
Participating in the International Women's Day celebrations held in Anuradhapura yesterday (March 8) the Prime Minister said the task force is responsible to implement all the recommendations before the International Women's Day next year.
The Prime Minister further said that priority will be given to secure rights of women under the good governance policy of the Maithripala Sirisena's Government. Measures will be taken to increase the women's representation up to 25 percent in Pradeshiya Sabhas and Local Government Bodies. The women's representation will also be increased in the State Council which will be setup under the 19th amendment to the constitution.
Attention has also been focused to prevent women from molesting and sexual harassments. Relevant rules and regulations are being prepared at present. The Government is keen on increasing the welfare of Sri Lankan female migrant workers as well. Minister of Women's Affairs Chandrani Bandara, Deputy Minister Wijekala Maheshwari, several politicians and over 6,000 representatives from various women organizations island wide were present at this event.