Earlier this week, Sri Lanka’s ministry of women’s affairs asked all political parties entering the August parliamentary elections to nominate at least 30 percent female candidates. The move comes after Sri Lanka’s last parliament was made up of only 5.8 percent women — the lowest rate of any South Asian country. Currently, Sri Lanka’s parliament ranks 140 out of 153 countries in female representation. Chairman of the National Committee on Women, Swarna Sumanasekera said, “We want well-educated women who can contribute to the social and national development of the country’s economy to be nominated and elected into the new parliament”. Xinhua news reported that the Sri Lankan government has also proposed to increase the number of seats in parliament to secure more female and minority representation.
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