The first draft of the Bill on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women has been completed.
The matter was disclosed by the Parliament Select Committee to look into and report to Parliament its recommendations to ensure gender equity and equality with special emphasis on gender-based discriminations and violations of women’s rights in Sri Lanka.
The Bill is drafted to establish a National Commission for Women, to establish a mechanism including the appointment of an ombudsman for women’s rights, to protect the rights of women and for the commission to take legal action in case of violation of such rights.
Chairman of the Committee MP Sudarshini Fernandopulle instructed officials to seek the views of the public, gender experts, civil society organisations and women’s rights organisations.
Accordingly, it was decided to obtain views pertaining to the Bill, having published it on the official websites of the Ministry of Women, Child Affairs and Social Empowerment and the Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus and as newspaper advertisements.